Ohio lawmakers are making one more push for Common Core Standards

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Some proponents of Common Core Standards are making another push through the state house to get them repealed. Conservative Ohio lawmakers have already tried to repeal the Common Core Standards, but now they are trying again through a different committee.

The first failed attempt was earlier this year through the Education Committee. Conservative lawmakers against Common Core only had one hearing in that committee before being shot down.

Now, the same conservative lawmakers are looking to the Rules Committee to get a chance to repeal the Common Core Standards.

“I think it is purely political, a political response,” said State Rep. Ronald Gerberry, D-Austintown.

Gerberry said a small group of conservative Republicans are trying to repeal Ohio’s Common Core Standards.

“The moderate Republicans and the Democrats overall support Common Core,” Gerberry said.

GOP state Representative Matt Huffman is one of two lawmakers sponsoring the bill.

“This is a big issue and I don’t want people saying 20 years from now it’s a big mistake,” Huffman, R-Lima, said.

Austintown Superintendent Vince Colaluca said schools already have spent millions to implement the standards.

“To go and change it before we even implement it is just something that’s wrong,” Colaluca said.

Ohio was one of the first states to adopt the teaching method.

Since 2010, 43 states overall and the nation’s capital have started using it. South Carolina is the only state to repeal it.

The standards will require schools to teach students the same topics in math and language arts.

The three main goals for Common Core include helping graduates prepare for entry-level careers, college and workforce training programs.

“We have to stick to this and this is really unifying America and I think it’s something that is good for us,” said Colaluca.

As hearings continue in Columbus this week, the likelihood that Common Core is repealed remains low.

“It’s politics as usual down in Columbus,” Gerberry said.

Governor John Kasich already has put his support behind the standards in the past.

One of the big concerns opponents have against Common Core is they say it takes local control out of the classroom, but Common Core doesn’t tell teachers how to teach, just subjects that need to be covered.

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