Latest Common Core Repeal Effort To Bypass Supporter

Republincan State Rep. Gerald Stebelton of Lancaster.(Photo: Ohio House of Representatives)
Republincan State Rep. Gerald Stebelton of Lancaster.(Photo: Ohio House of Representatives)

A new bill that seeks to repeal the Common Core education standards in Ohio will try a new path through the legislature, after a previous repeal attempt stalled in committee.

That committee chair isn’t happy about this new move.

House Education Committee Chair Gerald Stebelton called two hearings on the first Common Core repeal attempt by fellow Republican Andy Thompson of Marietta, but he’s made his position clear.

“The Common Core is not going to go away in Ohio,” Stebelton said earlier this year. “As long as I’m the chair of the House Education Committee, we’re going to have Common Core.”

Thompson’s new repeal bill will go through a different committee, chaired by the bill’s co-sponsor, House Speaker Pro Tem Matt Huffman of Lima. Stebelton says he thinks the repeal is “a misguided effort.”

“I think it’s an overreaction to a lot of very loud and shrill but very few proponents of dumping the Common Core standards,” Stebelton says.

And Stebelton says a billion state and federal dollars have already been spent on the Common Core initiative, and he’s concerned that the federal government might want some of its money back.

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