Eye on Education

Anti-Common Core Bill Introduced in Ohio House

State. Rep. Andy Thompson wants to stop Ohio's use of the Common Core.

Ohio House of Representatives

State. Rep. Andy Thompson wants to stop Ohio's use of the Common Core.

The anti-Common Core bill we wrote about earlier this month has been introduced in the Ohio House.

House Bill 237 would void the state Board of Education’s adoption of the Common Core, a new set of standards for what students should know and be able to do in English and math that Ohio and 44 other states originally adopted.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Andy Thompson, a Republican from southeastern Ohio, and co-sponsored by 13 other legislators, all Republicans.

Thompson told us earlier that the bill is a response to calls from constituents with a variety of concerns about the Common Core. Those concerns include questions about the rigor of the standards, the role of the federal government in developing them and how new tests tied to the Common Core will affect students and schools.

The bill would bar Ohio from joining any group that would “require the state to cede any measure of control over education,” including control over academic content standards and tests.

That would seem to bar Ohio’s participation in Partnership for Assessment of Readiness in College and Career or PARCC. PARCC is a consortium of states, including Ohio, that is creating new tests tied to the Common Core.

The bill would also impose limits on state collection and sharing of student information.

House Education Committee Chair Gerald Stebelton, a Republican, told us earlier this month that he expects the bill to be assigned to the Education Committee and receive hearings there.

Stebelton said he doesn’t think the bill will get significant support in the House.


  • Hoosier Mo

    Thank goodness, other states besides Indiana are finally seeing Common Core for the intrusive, expensive and totally pointless program it really is. Governor Pence just opted out of PARCC in Indiana a few days ago. Common Core standards would actually lower the bar for Indiana students, and would “dumb down” kids in order to follow their program.

    Three of the biggest concerns about Common Core are:

    1) Educational standards shouldn’t be dictated by the Federal government. The Federal government usually botches up whatever it touches, and the possibility for “indoctrination” is too real. Education should be the responsibility of the states, local schools and parents.

    2) Common Core enables snooping into the students’ and their families’ personal lives. They “data mine”, to find out how the parents vote, what religion they are, all about their health records, their family income level, etc. What business is that of the Federal government anyway? Common Core teaching materials in at least one western state encourage teachers to indoctrinate first graders into becoming community activists and into learning how to manipulate their parents by using emotional language. One of the Common Core lesson plans for first grade Language Arts for sounds like “Community Organizing 101″ to me!

    3) The Common Core standards and the financing for implementing them originated with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Those folks are hard-core liberals and they certainly are not educators. They just want to push their agenda down the throat of every child in America!

    • Saddened by Society

      I teach in Ohio. We start CC next year in our district. We have no prescribed lessons. We have academic guidelines and collaborate on the best way to approach the material with the student make up we have. Your stories may have a grain of truth to them but sound like the exception not the norm. Also CC is about language arts and math. Your lesson on community activism sounds like a Social Studies lesson which is state created standards. By the way activism takes many forms and lends itself to a democratic society and provides people with a voice to make change. Unless you are one who does not want change?

  • Betterbargain

    Every “concern” Hoosier just posted is a foolish lie. Nobody is buying the idiotic attempt to derail an admirable reform of education that was started years ago—where have you been?

    • sue

      You obviously are part of the problem with eduction and not the solution. Common Core has been a problem for a long time but it took years to see it for what is was, money for schools from the Government and not true attempts to reform education.

  • Paul

    As a 5th year high school math teacher, I embrace a national checklist of artihmetic, logic and number sense skills. Certainly there is room for debate and bickering among the humanities, history and the morality groups deciding “what should be taught” to our sheep. From a math/science perspective I see little rational fear in a Communist takeover, like that described by Hoosier Mo, as a consequence of national standards in mathematics and science.

    • Wonder

      “to our sheep”… nuff’ said.

  • CincyMama2419

    Finally, common sense! Common Core is not helpful. That’s why other states are opting out too. They now have seen it in action and know that it is not doable and in the end not helpful to students.

  • Hoosier Mo

    A week ago, I attended a public hearing at the State House in Indianapolis, and listened to five hours of testimony regarding the pros and cons of Common Core. For the most part, the only people who were pushing Common Core were those who stood to gain financially. One gentleman, a professor with a doctorate who taught at Stanford University, had actually helped write the math content for CCCS. He stated that once he saw how the program was being implemented, he didn’t think it was fit to foist on any state! One of our State Senators, Dennis Kruse, is the chairman of the Senate Education and Career Development Committee. At one time, he believed Common Core was just fine and a good idea. Once he investigated the facts, he became convinced that this is not a program that would benefit Indiana, and has actively led the effort, along with Governor Mike Pence, to put a halt to the implementation of the standards for the remainder of the year, in order to study the issue more clearly.

    One of the biggest concerns we in northeast Indiana have is that the standards are copyrighted material, and content may be changed by only 15%. Most of the content is below the standards already in place in our state. I am not a professional educator, but have many friends who are teachers. They absolutely detest what Common Core is doing to their teaching freedom and creativity.

  • Hoosier Mo

    These are some comments from a recent letter in our local newspaper, and they reflect the opinion of many citizens of northeastern Indiana, myself included, on why Common Core is wrong for our state.

    “Common Core is a federal power grab aimed at controlling children in public
    schools, private schools, charter schools, home schools, trade schools, colleges and later during their careers. Common Core will hurt Hoosier kids in four ways:

    First, control of curriculum will be removed from local communities and states in favor of federal rules.

    Second, teachers will no longer spend their days teaching, but rather will monitor endless tasks and track hundreds of data points on each child and on the child’s family. This data will be stored and will follow each student throughout his or her
    life. The federal government will not only have access to this data, but can share it with anyone they choose without asking permission from the student or parent.

    Third, the new federal curriculum can be used to drive a wedge between parents
    and children. For example, elementary students are to be taught, in school, that a mother who urges her child to clean his or her room is ‘nagging.’ Emotional, persuasive words trump logical, systematic articulation.

    Finally, since Indiana already has standards for learning that are higher than those of Common Core, Hoosier children would be stepping backwards when it comes to subject matter proficiency at each grade level.”

  • education advocate

    The misinformation about the Common Core is generated by an uneducated cadre of folks trying to stir up the fear machine. The transition to common standards makes sense for all students. We want to compete globally and nationally, and we need to know which states are being successful and which states lag. Unless we have some common understanding of the essentials in place, we are subject to the limitations of the current state standards (which actually look very similar to the common core, but are less rigorous) The common assessments provide us an opportunity to analyze how we measure our students across the nation. The tests being developed are authentic and challenging. No one is telling districts how to get there. The standards are simply the common map about what will be measured (and should be taught). States are allowed to add up to 15% of their own standards to the mix, should they choose, which allows for even more flexibility. The caution for states and legislature should be in protecting the common core transition from some of the ridiculous educational marketing companies whose products are being developed to promote the common core. It has become marketing mayhem as states and districts become the target for the new best product to get them the results the common core implies. The only product that will get them there is authentic teaching from educators that are supported by their staff and community.
    Maybe legislatures could spend their time protecting teachers and schools from this sort of corruption instead of trying to pull the rug out of the entire transition to better standards because they are clearly misinformed and listening to uninformed people.

    • Heisenberg

      The same people above who advocate Common Core are the same ones crying about NCLB. CC is NCLB on steroids. I believe most above have no idea who David Coleman is. He is the President of the College Boards and the man behind the push for CC with the States that adopted (promised funding. Data mining and power are the end goals.


  • kimhil

    As Pelosi once said about healthcare – just pass it, then we’ll figure out how to make it work. Progressives want power, and are doing a good job of taking power from the citizens who they financially rape. Follow the money and you’ll see why CC is in most of the schools; if you want education funds CC will be part of your curricula. If you want help in setting up mandated healthcare exchanges, you will accept the federal exchanges – otherwise you’re on your own; the Supreme Court said the states can’t be forced to accept federal exchanges (probably too dictatorial) – this is a lie.

    We are getting remade into a Communist state, and many refuse to acknowledge the enormity of what is happening.
    Those who complain are accused of being conspiracy theorists. It’s no conspiracy – many don’t trust those in government, and are finding answers.
    People can continue to live in their own little bubble, deny there is rampant corruption, and believe the progressives, or they can find answers.
    The answers will not be found with traditional sources, there are conservative entities, that succinctly explain politics – some liberal sources are also in opposition to how far left both parties gone. democratsagainstagenda21 helps to explain CC thinking – also many youtube videos.

  • sue

    My granddaughter used the Common Core method from 2nd grade in a Sylvania Ohio school. I watch as she struggled. I watch confused as she tried to use the methodology. My granddaughter is a straight A student but by the time she was in 5th grade she hated Math. Her parents had to bribe her to work to her best ability. She almost succumbed to the method but worked around it with great difficulty. I wonder about the children who are not as gifted as my granddaughter. I was to confused by the method. When I showed her occasionally my method of doing addition, subtraction etc. she said I wish I could do it your way gram. Please for God sake get rid of this math that is bringing down and making learning more difficult than it needs

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