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Ohio Anti-Common Core Group Wants You to Drop Anti-Common Core Literature in Kids’ Trick-or-Treat Bags

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A group urging Ohio legislators to ditch the Common Core, new math and English standards that Ohio and 44 other states have adopted, is asking Ohioans to drop anti-Common Core literature into kids’ trick-or-treat bags.

The group Ohioans Against the Common Core sent this email to supporters:

It’s not often that those you are trying to reach come knocking at your door, but that’s exactly what will happen on Halloween. Let’s make the most of this golden opportunity to reach our fellow parents and neighbors!

Just stick the pre-made anti-Common Core handouts — “Common Core: All Trick / No Treat” — in the bags of trick-or-treaters when passing out candy, Ohioans Against the Common Core says:

Doesn’t get any easier than that, right? This will go a long way in educating parents about what is going on in our classrooms, the destruction of parental and local control, and what they can do about it.

While the tactic might be unorthodox — and a disappointment to some children — it points to the strong feelings the Common Core standards have inspired among some Ohioans.

The Common Core is a set of standards for what students should know and be able to do in math and English. It is not a list of textbooks or required lesson plans.

The Ohio Board of Education voted to adopt the Common Core standards in 2010. Many Ohio schools are teaching to the Common Core this year.

Supporters say the new standards will help teachers better prepare students for college and jobs.

But in the past six months, a growing number of Ohioans have advocated for Ohio to pull out of the Common Core.

Some don’t like the standards because they believe Ohioans didn’t have enough influence in writing them. Others believe the standards aren’t as rigorous enough or are concerned about how new Common Core tests could affect students and schools.

A bill currently pending in the House Education Committee would void the Board of Education’s adoption of the Common Core. It would also bar Ohio from using Common Core-aligned standardized tests.

The bill calls for Ohio to develop a new set of standards after a series of statewide hearings.

Rep. Gerald Stebelton, the chair of the House Education Committee supports the Common Core. He told us earlier this month that he doesn’t think the anti-Common Core bill will get much support in the legislature.

But that was before news of the Common Core ‘n candy campaign began.


  • Ozzie

    Won’t get support? Al Graf in NY has 134,000 signatures on a similar bill.

    • Duh

      There aren’t 134,000 members of the General Assembly.
      That’s who matters.

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