To:           School board members, superintendents, treasurers and other school business officials
From:      Damon Asbury, OSBA — (614) 540-4000
                Tom Ash, BASA — (614) 846-4080
                Barbara Shaner, OASBO — (614) 325-9562
Date:      July 30, 2014
Re:          Legislation seeking to repeal the Common Core (HB 597)
Earlier this week, Reps. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) held a press conference to announce the introduction of House Bill (HB) 597, which seeks to repeal the Common Core State Standards and most likely all aligned assessments. The bill currently is only a place holder since the language is not yet finalized, but hearings are planned to begin Aug. 12 in the House Rules and Reference Committee — not the House Education Committee.
If HB 597 becomes law, it is also our understanding that the existing Common Core standards would be in place for the coming school year with a potentially chaotic switch to a different set of standards for 2015-2016. This might well be the worst thing that could happen to public education in Ohio in recent decades.
We urge members to oppose HB 597!
There is neither time nor resources for such a drastic change in standards, particularly when we believe the more rigorous Common Core standards will serve to prepare Ohio students for college and/or a career and to be more competitive in the global economy. School districts have been preparing for the new standards for two or more years. Thousands of hours and millions of dollars have already been invested in this transition effort. To repeal the standards, without a clear track for replacement and particularly after using the Common Core standards for one year, will lead to major confusion in our schools over the short-term.
The House Rules and Reference Committee tentatively is planning hearings on the legislation on Tuesday, Aug. 12, and Wednesday, Aug. 13, with hopes of a committee vote on the bill by the end of August. It is imperative that members make contact with their legislators now. Links with information on the Common Core State Standards are provided below. Watch for upcoming alerts as more information becomes available.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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