LIMA — Common Core has only been implemented in Ohio schools for a year now but two state representatives are already hoping to repeal it.
Reps. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, and Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, are joint sponsors of House Bill 597, which is trying to repeal the voluntary national learning standard, which was adopted in Ohio in June 2010, the same month when the finalized standards were released nationally, and implemented for the 2013-14 school year.
Huffman said that he and Thompson introduced the bill Monday. Thompson had sponsored a previous bill to repeal Common Core, but it had flaws, according to Huffman.
The standards the Common Core enforces are inflexible and lower schools’ standards in multiple ways, a natural effect of the federal government attempting to implement national standards, Huffman said.
Federal government involvement should be removed and standards should be implemented by local education officials, Huffman said.
“Education has to be flexible because there are many, many types of kids going through our education system,” Huffman said.
Jill Ackerman, Lima City School District superintendent, said that for Lima schools, Common Core has been another mandate to follow.
“Sometimes there’s a feeling that you lose local control over things when it is a national standard,” she said.
The Common Core standards were very rigorous, Ackerman said, but not necessarily a bad thing. She said the standards forced students to think creatively and not just memorize.
“We’ve put a lot of work into it but if it happens we’ll adjust,” Ackerman said, adding that those who work in education are used to adapting to changes.
The bill will be looked at by the Rules Committee, which Huffman chairs, and he expects that the committee will pass an edited version of the bill by the end of August.
After the committee passes the bill, Huffman said, he and Thompson will try to get 50 votes in the House at the next session, which will not be until the week after the election.
Common Core has a variety of subject matters and as such, the bill will begin to phase in better standards beginning the 2015-16 school year if it is passed.