Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6:26 PM
Representatives Matt Thompson and Andy Huffman, both Republicans, introduced the measure last summer. Both are members of the Rules and Reference Committee, which was assigned HB 597 after a similar measure had earlier failed to clear the Education Committee.
The standards are aimed at providing more in-depth and narrowly focused learning, with an emphasis on evidence-based reasoning and analysis over memorization and recitation of facts.
Supporters say that's what Ohio - and American - students need in order to compete on a global level later in life.
But others vehemently oppose the standards, and not all for the same reason. Some say they are often confusing, while others believe they signal a federal government takeover of state education systems.
The Common Core was developed through the Education Commission of the States, a policy analysis and advisory agency created in the 1960s. Its members are made up of state-appointed officials that include both politicians and educators. It has no federal government affiliation.