UPDATE: Common Core Fight Continues

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Common Core remains the target of a legislative fight in Ohio about the best way to teach kids.

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UPDATE 8/18/2014 5:00 PM

Common Core remains the target of a legislative fight in Ohio about the best way to teach kids.

In Columbus Monday teachers said there is a lot of misinformation about these standards allowing a federal takeover of eduction.

The Common Core standard starts this school year for kindergarten through 12th grade in math and English.

Ohio house members proposed House Bill 597 to eliminate Common Core standards.

They're hearing testimony over the next three days and expect to introduce a bill in the house in November.

"Our children's jobs of the future depend on a better education. Now we are very grateful for the foresight of state leaders who committed the dollars and adoption of the Common Core standards. And we sincerely hope that this important work will not be undone," says Kirk Hamilton, with the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.

Those for the standard say it makes for a level playing field and prepares students for college, jobs and a global market.


Another case of the federal government versus the states.

The battle to repeal Common Core in the Buckeye State is being led by a state representative from Marietta.

What Common Core is, in a sentence, is a plan to bring primary and secondary education under one set of federal standards.

Rep. Andy Thompson says the problem with that is that different local schools have different educational issues.

Thompson and the bill's co-sponsor are among Republicans who have tried other measures to repeal the standards, citing widespread complaints from parents and even teachers.

And, he says, the planned federal standards are inferior even to those in other states.

"We have better standards that are tested and proven in the United States, whether it's English language and arts in Massachusetts, or even Math in California and Minnesota. We have better options for standards that have been tested and proven effective," he says.

The president of Ohio's Federation of Teachers opposes a repeal, saying school districts across the state are well on their way to implementing the standards.

The bill's co-sponsors say the state made a mistake four years ago in pursuing the standards, which at the time were required to get federal "race for the top" money.


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