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Ohio House Education Chair: Effort to Repeal Common Core 'Misguided'

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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. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that committee chair isn’t happy about this new move.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 5:52 pm

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

“As long as I’m the chair of the House Education Committee, we’re going to have Common Core," Stebelton said earlier this year.

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.

In a phone interview, Stebelton said 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," he said.

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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