Ohio Set To Debate Repeal Of Common Core Requirements


With some parents remaining skeptical of Common Core's goals, two Ohio lawmakers are pushing to repeal it while the Ohio Federation of Teachers and Gov. John Kasich argue it should stay.

Rebecca Harbaugh is the mother of two young children.  She says she's been following Common Core for several years, and she's not impressed.

"As an average mom you just kind of look and it seems like a complete mess," said Harbaugh.  "I'm not entirely convinced that having more standards on top of testing standards is going to work. I think it's just going to overload and already overworked teaching force."

Common Core sets in place what K-12 students should know in English and Mathematics.

Ohio school districts have spent four years implementing new Common Core standards.

But Harbaugh says it's so confusing that she may start home schooling her kids instead.

"It's the minimum going through," said Harbaugh.  "So a lot of kids get left behind."

Similar complaints have led to a reevaluation across the country. Several states including Oklahoma, South Carolina and Indiana have repealed Common Core.  And now, Ohio is considering it.

In fact, two conservative state lawmakers have called for its repeal this week.

Representatives Matt Huffman and Andrew Thompson say hearings on their bill will begin this fall.

Melissa Cropper is president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers.  She says Common Core is working.

"There is going to be a group that is very vocal to try to stop it," said Cropper.  "But I dare say that when a parent actually reads what the standards are that there's nothing in there to be upset about.  They'll actually be excited to see what their children will be learning."

Cropper predicts a showdown on the issue at the legislature in the lame duck session after November's election.

"In the end I think Common Core is here to stay in Ohio," said Cropper.

Harbaugh says she hopes both sides will pay attention to parents.

"What I've heard is that it's just one side versus the other, and I don't know exactly what's going on – so I think it's a lot of spin," said Harbaugh.