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Senate President Weighs In on Common Core Repeal Proposal

Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:45 PM

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The House is preparing to conduct a second week of hearings on a controversial proposal to repeal the Common Core, the standards created by education experts from around the country, including Ohio. Opponents, including conservative bloggers and personalities, say the Common Core represents a federal takeover of education. But top Republican leaders have disputed that argument -- including Gov. John Kasich and Senate Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner. Now Senate President Keith Faber of Celina is weighing in. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow has more.

Faber said he’s prepared to take a good look at the bill if it were to pass the House.

“We’re going to have to take some time to make sure we hear whatever is there, but first thing (is) to see if the House is going to pass anything,” Faber said. “And I’m curious if they do do a repeal, what are they going to replace it with? We want to make sure we still have academic challenges in Ohio schools.”

Faber stopped short of taking a definitive stance for or against the proposal — as has Kasich.

Faber added that the General Assembly has already installed mechanisms to help ensure local control for education.

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