Ohio Finishes 2014 Without Repeal of Common Core


An attempt to repeal the Common Core standards in Ohio has come to an end as the house finished the year without taking a vote on the issue.

While both sides are under the impression that this is not the end, they both also believe that the extra time with the standards in use will create arguments for their cause.

The bill had gone through the House Rules and Reference Committee, which passed the bill for House consideration. However, Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta tried to attach it to other bills, only to have it denied.

"We felt that if this was really going to be something we should vote on, it should be as its own bill, not as an amendment that would block another bill," said committee Chairman Gerald Stebelton.

So, Rep. Kirk Schuring suggesting an amendment to the bill which would require the state board and state superintendent to inform both houses of any changes made to the standards or curriculum at least 60 days prior to a state board vote.

The amendment was backed by state Rep. Teresa Fedor, and passed.

However, the 60 days was different from the 45 days the bill required for the same notice to be given to legislators, and so, due to House rules which do not allow any conflicting amendments, it could not be added.

Although supporters did try to add the language of the amendment into Senate Bill 96 later that day, it was not allowed by House Speaker William Batchelder, reports Patrick O'Donnell for Cleveland.com.

Critics of the standards are urging parents to opt for their children to not participate in Common Core-backed standardized testing until a decision is reached concerning the standards.

The effort to repeal the standards is expected to see a rise in early 2015 by Thompson. He added that many of the new representatives coming in were active campaigners in the effort to repeal the standards and that they are being re-examined in states across the country, writes Benjamin Lanka for Cincinnati.com.

"Repeal will be high on the agenda next year," said Thompson, a Marietta Republican and sponsor of House Bill 597, which would have killed the Common Core for the state. "Count on it."

However, supports believe the extra time will allow schools to better implement the standards and work with them, allowing people to see the benefits.

"Opponents have misconstrued and twisted and misrepresented what Common Core really is," he said. "Hopefully, there will be enough information to ward off any successful challenge."

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