The chair of the Ohio House Education Committee says he’ll fight “kicking and screaming” any effort to repeal the Common Core, a new set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level.
Rep. Gerald Steblelton tells Gongwer News Service he is a strong supporter of the Common Core:
When asked if it is possible the General Assembly could decide to repeal the standards, Mr. Stebelton said, “Possibilities are always there, but this chairman of this committee is not going to do that.”
Ohio is one of 45 states that have fully adopted the Common Core, which was developed by teachers, math and language experts and others in an effort organized by state school chiefs and governors. The new standards come with a new set of standardized tests that are to be given entirely online.
The Ohio State Board of Education approved the new standards in June 2010 and they are already being implemented in some schools. All Ohio public schools are supposed to be teaching the Common Core at all grade levels by next school year.
But a growing number of Ohio parents, grandparents and other residents are calling for Ohio to not teach the Common Core. (See: Opposition to National Common Core Standards Grows in Ohio.)
Although the Common Core was approved by the state Board of Education in 2010, there’s been little debate about it in the statehouse to date. Some legislators say they don’t know much about the Common Core.
Rep. Ron Amstutz, chair of the House Finance Committee, tells Gongwer he’s “neutral” on the Common Core but wants to learn more about it:
“I know there’s quite a bit of concern to the point where I’ve talked to a couple of folks that I think know more about it than I do that have substantial concerns about the program, so that makes me feel obligated to find out more and then figure out what that might mean for Ohio.”
Stebelton says he plans to hold a hearing on the Common Core to help educate legislators about the new standards. A date for the hearing has not yet been set.
StateImpact Ohio reporter Ida Lieszkovszky contributed to this report.