Common Core News

OEF opposes all Common Core Initiatives, and will work to repeal any and all regulations and laws in Ohio. We will work in partnership with other groups around the state and use this page to bring you information on pertinent news, as well as advocate meeting details in different parts of the state. If you would like your meeting posted to give more publicity coverage among conservatives, please e-mail us at director@ohioansforfreedom.com. Anita B. Hoge is an education policy expert and has a thoroughly documented article on the violation of privacy issues with Common Core.
OEF Director, Mark Stevenson is quoted in today’s Dayton Daily News (underline is our emphasis): Fight heats up over Common Core standards Posted: 12:05 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013   By Jackie Borchardt – Columbus Bureau   COLUMBUS —Ohio adopted national education standards three years ago, but a growing group of citizens and conservative lawmakers want to reverse that decision because they say the state can do better.   State officials stand by the decision to adopt national K-12 education Common Core standards in math and language arts, an effort spearheaded by governors and education officials to raise the bar and make students competitive with peers around the country and world.   Supporters say Common Core standards are better and tougher than Ohio’s old standards. Schools began teaching some of Common Core last year, with plans for full implementation in the 2014-15 school year. Ohio plans to administer tests based, in part, on those standards in spring 2014.   Some lawmakers say it’s not too late to stop full implementation and have introduced a bill that would halt the standards and prohibit use of nationally developed tests based on those standards.   Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have signed on to the Common Core standards. In Ohio, and most states, the standards were approved and adopted by the State Board of Education.   Bi-partisan support   Politically, Common Core hasn’t fallen squarely on the side of Republicans or Democrats. President Obama has championed the new standards, but so have Republicans including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Republicans in neighboring Indiana adopted the standards in 2010, but Republicans passed a bill in April pausing the state’s implementation and prohibiting use of any national tests created.   Michigan’s new state budget prohibits any state money from being spent on implementing the standards there.   Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, introduced House Bill 237 earlier this month, with the support of a dozen Republican co-sponsors. Thompson said he had not heard much about Common Core as a member of the House Education Committee until constituents began sharing their concerns with him.   “The goal of the bill is really to have that discussion that we really never had, as far as I’m concerned,” Thompson said.   The National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers led development of the standards and released a draft in March 2010.   Ohio Department of Education spokesman John Charlton said the agency held five regional meetings for school district leaders and educators and 13 public meetings in 2010 to explain the standards and answer questions. Charlton said videos of those meetings were posted online and the standards were presented to lawmakers on the House and Senate education committees.   “There was a fairly formidable effort made to make sure these standards were vetted and talked about before the board voted to move forward on them,” Charlton said.   Senate Education Chairwoman Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, said she doesn’t think the Senate would support a bill repealing Common Core.   “It’s unfortunate we have to spend so much time setting people straight about how the Common Core actually came to be and who’s responsible for it,” she said.   Confusion and concerns   Ohio isn’t alone in struggling to inform parents and other citizens of the upcoming changes.   Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they have never heard of Common Core State Standards, according to a Gallup and Phi Delta Kappa poll released last week. Most of those who had heard of Common Core said they neither understand the standards nor endorse them.   Mark Stevenson, director of pro-home school PAC Ohioans for Educational Freedom, said Common Core developed rapidly compared to other federal education reforms that were phased in over years. Stevenson admitted he didn’t learn of the standards until earlier this year.   “The American public is a little slow on the uptake,” Stevenson said. “It starts as a slow boil and then all of the sudden it becomes a big heat.”   Stevenson said his group is concerned that Common Core will drive all assessments, including college entrance exams, so home-school parents don’t have a choice.   In Ohio, the standards are slated to be phased in amid several state-led education changes: new teacher evaluations, new assessments and significant changes to report cards used to evaluate school achievement.   Heidi Huber, parent and co-founder of the group Ohioans Against Common Core, said the federal government is driving all of the changes through the new standards. Huber said she learned the standards this year, which indicates state officials did not do enough to inform Ohioans of the change, nor do they want to.   “What was supposedly a voluntary and state-led effort now has produced federally copyrighted standards, national assessments, federally prescribed data-mining and federally prescribed teacher evaluations,” Huber said.   Huber said Ohio’s elected lawmakers should have had the authority to approve new standards.   Lehner, who served as a state representative when Common Core was adopted, disagreed.   “It’s the role of the state board to do that and the proper processes were followed,” Lehner said. “And last time I looked, the legislature is not made up of a bunch of educators who understand a whole lot about standards and curriculum, and I think it’s the last body we want making decisions on serious education matters.”
7/31/13, Columbus, Ohio: Representative Thompson’s bill was released with a bill number today and is now available on the Ohio House web site as HB 237 where it can be viewed and dowloaded or our site. The time is now to ready yourself for battle.

Repeal of Ohio’s Common Core Effort Starts Today, 7/8/13!

The legislative fight to end this federal education takeover begins today by you reading this article and supporting articles.  Please call your state representative, by finding the person on our new map of Ohio, to co-sponsor this bill.  There is no bill number yet, as a bill number is assigned at the time of introduction. If you want a quick progression of the legislative process and how it affects elections, read this chart. State representatives generally have no idea what Common Core is or its implication for our state. Beyond the rhetoric and lies fed to them from special interests, the ODE and the State Board of Education, they are left without as much as a basic definition. Common Core, the aggregate for the Race to the Top agenda, fundamentally changes Ohio’s education structure. Education is a defined function within our state constitution. It is the second largest appropriation in our state budget. One has to ask, why are most of our representatives still in the dark about Common Core? Simple answer is, because most do not read every bill that comes across their desk. If you, as a citizen, want to know about why legislators do not read bills, purchase this book on Amazon. A better question is, why would the majority of State Board of Education members support such a federalization of education in Ohio? Succinctly, Common Core is a “top-down, federal approach” to education reform that eliminates local control. If that is all you say, it is enough. CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE WITH THE FOLLOWING
  1. Voice your support of the repeal legislation.
  2. Ask them if you can count on their co-sponsorship of Rep. Thompson’s repeal bill (explanation, above).
  3. Require a response within ten days; co-sponsorship or a written defense of their support of Common Core. Their co-sponsorship will be considered an affirmative vote for repeal. A written defense puts their position on record.
  4. Make them aware that this is a deal breaker for you in the up-coming primary election next year. No support of the repeal, no support of their candidacy in 2014. The 2014 primary season is just around the corner and OEF will send out questionnaires to every candidate that files petitions and will be asking about Common Core, as well as other issues.
To reiterate, Common Core fundamentally changes education for every child, decimates parental authority and leaves Ohio taxpayers with a yet to be tallied bill. Representatives are elected to represent and protect their constituents’ interest and property. No other legislation should take precedence over getting up to speed on the threat that Common Core poses to our children and state. Enough with the excuses. It’s time we are all held accountable for our actions and inaction, citizens and representatives alike. Let the whipping begin! …please share co-sponsor confirmations so that we can list it on the website and give a deserved shout out to your representative, thank you! Here is a video of a presentation by parents to the Ohio State Board of Education. It is a little rough in a few places, but you can get an understanding on what it is like to give testimony to the State Board of Education.
Here are a list of web sites around the state, set up to organize against Common Core Standards in Ohio: Christian Home Educators of Ohio Education Freedom Ohio Ohioans Against Common Core Ohio Liberty Council – Common Core EAGNews.org: Reform EAGNews.org National Map of Common Core Implementation The Blaze: Glenn Beck American Principles Project YouTube Cliff Notes StateImpact (Ohio NPR) Truth in American Education Blogs against Common Core: Common Core: Education Without Representation A Slice of Homeschool Pie Ohio Tenth Amendment Center Facebook Ohio Pages: Ohio Parents and Educators Against Common Core Curriculum Ohio Common Core – Reality of Education Standards & Reform Ohioans for Educational Freedom (required approval by verification against spam identities) Ohio Tenth Amendment We Need Wisdom, Not Common Core Stop Senator Lehner and Common Core
6-13-13: According to a story in the Columbus Dispatch, State Rep. Andrew Thompson (R-Marietta) plans to introduce a bill that would repeal the use of Common Core standards in Ohio.
“It’s like a federal takeover in another guise,” Thompson said. “The concern people have is how it came in and how it was adopted, and if you are a local-control state and your local community doesn’t want to do it, (there is no option). It really forecloses innovation at the local level because we’re all using the same playbook.”
Thompson said his legislation is nearly complete and he anticipates legislative hearings on the proposal later this summer. OEF will coordinate with other groups to pass this legislation. Check back for more news, here.
6-13-13: Several citizens are organizing around the state. Three ladies are putting up a petition, designed to give to Ohio Governor John Kasich and State Board of Education president, Debe Terhar. It states:
To: The Governor of OH The OH State Senate The OH State House Debe Tehar, President, State Board of Education
We do not give consent to the governing bodies to give the federal government control of our education through Race To The Top. We are urging the State of Ohio to opt out of Race To The Top.
Sincerely, [Your name] If you would like to send this to the Governor, along with State Board of Education president, Debe Terhar, go to the above link and sign off. Currently, it has received 233 signors and the goal is 9,767.