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Ohio House Education Chair: Effort to Repeal Common Core ‘Misguided’


The Ohio Channel

A new bill that seeks to repeal the Common Core education standards in Ohio will try a new path through the legislature, after a previous repeal attempt stalled in committee.

But that committee chair isn’t happy about this new move.

House Education Committee Chair Gerald Stebelton of Lancaster called two hearings on the first Common Core repeal attempt by fellow Republican Andy Thompson of Marietta, but he’s made his position clear.

“As long as I’m the chair of the House Education Committee, we’re going to have Common Core,” Stebelton said earlier this year.

Thompson’s new repeal bill will go through a different committee, chaired by the bill’s co-sponsor, House Speaker Pro Tem Matt Huffman of Lima.

In a phone interview, Stebelton said he thinks the repeal is, “a misguided effort.”

“I think it’s an overreaction to a lot of very loud and shrill, but very few, proponents of dumping the Common Core standards,” he said.

And Stebelton says a billion state and federal dollars have already been spent on the Common Core initiative, and he’s concerned that the federal government might want some of its money back.


  • Hockey

    As usual, this politician isn’t focused on the children; he’s focused on the money. Glad he’s retiring.

  • Kayscandles@aol.com

    Common Core will hurt our children, who are our future. They will only learn “half-history”, won’t know how to properly read and write cursive (which our documents that spelled out our country’s foundation were written in), won’t get the foundation for fundamental math skills, and a myriad of other things that are too numerous to put here. Not to mention the special needs kids who can’t understand abstract teaching methods. They will be left in the dust! It’s just a bad thing, but there are so many who are blinded to the poor education kids will get. They think it’s SO great. They need to research it and discover how our kids are going to be “dumbed down”.

    • Kayscandles@aol.com

      And maybe the most important, they won’t be taught their rights as they’re spelled out in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights!

    • http://www.youravon.com/haadams Heather Adams

      My daughter is starting 10th grade this year, we began home schooling last year. Guess what one of the things she wants to learn? You got it, cursive! I was in shock that they had not taught her that yet and even more shocked that I had no clue! I also understand why I had such a hard time helping her with math homework because they were already being taught common core!

  • Mad Mama

    I am just getting into this “common core” curriculum with my second grader and I am not happy that as a parent that I can’t even answer a simple question that he has about “grade school” math. I sat and studied his missed questions on a test that he had gotten incorrect and had no clue how they were coming up with these “so called” correct answers. The answers didn’t have any correlation to what they were asking. The more that I read online about this “common core” it sounds like the state sold our children’s education and possibly their futures to the federal government. Remember the old saying “Money is the root of all evil.”

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