Big News on the Fight Against Common Core
Speaker Pro Tempore, Matt Huffman presented the outline of a bill that will fast track the repeal of Common Core from the state of Ohio and will establish committees to develop a curriculum to replace it with something that will be designed by the State of Ohio.
From the Cincinnati Enquirer, “Ohio will repeal the state’s use of national Common Core educational standards and require schools to implement totally new standards if Ohio House leaders get their way. With the blessing of the speaker of the house, Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman, R-Lima, on Monday introduced a bill to repeal the standards that are being implemented at Ohio schools next month. House leaders are fast-tracking the bill: putting it in a committee chaired by Huffman instead of in the education committee and hoping for a vote in the full House when the Legislature returns the second week of November.”
The following is a video of the press conference that happened in Columbus with State Rep and repeal leader Andy Thompson. During the press conference, a statement from Ohioans Against Common Core was read. Read the text here.
Heidi Huber from Ohioans Against Common Core was on with 55KRC’s Brian Thomas today talking about the press conference. Listen to the interview by clicking this link. She was followed by an interview with State Rep Andy Thompson. These two leaders in the repeal Common Core movement have a lot to say about where we are and how we are going to move forward.
There is also a great article from Jason Hart at Media Trackers Ohio about the press conference and the perspective of the Ohio press. The media isn’t a huge fan of the repeal effort.
Many activist have been in touch with me since the press conference. They are worried that this is just an attempt by the establishment to quiet the grassroots and take the issue out of the state discussion as we get closer to the November election. This is a valid argument.
Today in Politico is a story about moms starting to win the fight against common core. The article was written with an element of surprise but within it came a warning. “So, backed with fresh funding from philanthropic supporters, including a $10.3 million grant awarded in May from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, supporters are gearing up for a major reboot of the Common Core campaign.”
We are moving in the right direction on Common Core, but we have not won. This is the time that we need to make sure we are paying attention. The reason that we, the normal folks, have gotten into trouble the past 30 years is because we let someone else take the wheel. We expect the politicians to do the right thing. They may believe the same way we do, but governing under those principles is hard for some people to do. Politicians have many people pulling them in different directions. We need to be the strongest group ‘pulling’. Together we can pull them in the right direction on Common Core, if we don’t we will find people who will…