In what may be the final chance to repeal Common Core in Ohio, Representative Matt Huffman has signed on to fellow Representative Andy Thompson’s latest version of a bill to repeal the curriculum and its associated standardized tests. Huffman’s inclusion on the bill is of significant importance as he is the Chair of the House Rules and Reference Committee — the committee that typically decides the fate of a bill. The previous version of the bill to repeal Common Core (House Bill 237) was referred to the House Education Committee where the chairman, Gerald Stebelton, himself a supporter of Common Core, allowed the bill to die without going up for a vote.
Now, with Huffman on board, House Bill 597 has been scheduled for hearings this week in his own Rules and Reference Committee, with supporters of the repeal hoping that Huffman can get the bill straight to the House Floor for a vote. With implementation of the Common Core and new assessments now imminent, this may be the final chance for Common Core opponents in Ohio.
While some states have already opted out of the Common Core entirely, others, like Iowa, have decided to scale back their implementation and are buying more time as they look to move back to more state-specific standards and assessments.
Whether you’re a supporter of the Common Core or you want Ohio to drop it entirely, you should pay attention to the hearings this week that are likely to decide its fate once and for all.
Huffman has scheduled four hearings this week on this simple piece of legislation as he is expecting to hear a great deal of testimony. His plan is to bypass the other committees entirely and send this to the House Floor for a vote where he now anticipates having enough support to get the repeal effort approved. Whether or not there is enough support in the Senate remains to be seen.
If you wish to testify in either support of the repeal or in opposition (to keep Common Core), now is your chance. For those who are headed back to school this week and unable to make it to Columbus for the hearings, you can always submit written testimony to the committee so that your voice is heard.
The four hearings are scheduled to take place in the Statehouse, Room 313, as follows:
- Monday, August 18, 2:00 pm
- Tuesday, August 19, 9:00 am
- Tuesday, August 19, 5:00 pm
- Wednesday, August 20, 9:00 am