CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- The co-sponsor of a bill that would repeal Common Core education standards in Ohio says teachers, parents and students were not afforded enough transparency during the standards' creation.
Rep. Andy Thompson of Marietta told AVC News on Thursday that, as a member of the House's education committee, even he was not aware of the Common Core's inclusion in new education standards until early 2013. Thompson said that a conversation with a local teacher sparked his interest in the guidelines:
Thompson, along with co-sponsor Rep. Matt Huffman of Lima, announced on Monday that they are in the process of drafting legislation that would repeal the Common Core and associated standards set to take effect this fall and replace them with "standards proven effective here in Ohio." Thompson said that specifics on replacement guidelines are still in the works.
Ohio Department of Education spokesman John Charlton told AVC News on Wednesday that the bill could pose a challenge for school districts. He said that schools across the state will continue to work towards implementing new educational standards this fall, including part of the Common Core standards:
Charlton said that Ohio legislators voted in 2009 to craft new standards for schools across the state. A panel of Ohio educators and lawmakers opted to adopt Common Core standards for language arts and mathematics, while creating unique standards in science and social studies.
The announcement of House Bill 597 drew criticism from the Ohio Federation of Teachers and other teachers' unions and business groups, who argued that districts already are well on their way to implementing the standards.
Thompson responded that his legislation would include a feasible time-table for implementing replacement standards, but stressed that the time to repeal the Common Core is now:
Thompson represents Ohio's 95th House District, which includes Noble, Carroll, Harrison and counties, and portions of Washington and Belmont counties.
Listen to Daniel Barnett's complete interview with Rep. Andy Thompson below: