Common Core opponents spent three days in hearings this week urging Ohio lawmakers to pass a bill that would repeal the Common Core standards in their state. House Bill 597, jointly sponsored by Reps. Andrew Thompson (R) and Matt Huffman (R), would eliminate the controversial standards after the coming school year, implement the former Massachusetts standards for the next two years, and then impose new Ohio-created standards beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. Additionally, the bill would prohibit the state from withholding funds from a school district that chooses not to adopt the standards or state testing. According to The Columbus Dispatch, while the intent of the bill is not to have schools avoid graduation tests, Huffman said high-performing schools could be permitted to opt out of tests given in grades 3 through 8. “We don’t want them to have to keep taking tests just because they are an Ohio school,” the lawmaker said. “There’s a group of schools where all the kids are high-performing and 95 percent of kids go to Ivy League schools. Do they need to take time on these tests?” H.B. 597 also calls for new science and social studies standards because, according to Huffman, “There’s
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