CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- The heads of Ohio's largest teachers' unions say that legislators have misrepresented educators' opinions of new educational standards being implemented this fall.
Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, says that State Reps. Matt Huffman and Andy Thompson "do not speak for teachers" in addressing Common Core standards that are part of a new set of educational guidelines in the state
Cropper added that "it is wrong and unfair for them to mislead taxpayers, reporters and parents with this false information."
Cropper said that OFT members in February approved a resolution supporting Common Core and related standards. She also cited a resolution of support for the Common Core approved by the 1.6-million member American Federation of Teachers at its national convention.
That resolution does offer mixed support for the way standards have been implemented. It states: "AFT believes in the promise and potential of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) but is deeply disappointed in the manner in which they have been implemented and the lack of shared responsibility among too many governors, chief state school officers and policymakers who have ignored the voice of practitioners who are vital to the successful implementation of the standards."
Ohio Education Association President Becky Higgins told AVC News that there are many misconceptions about the new standards that should be clarified, both to parents and lawmakers, before further implementation takes place:
On Monday, Thompson and Huffman announced 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" by educators in Massachusetts. Thompson said that specifics on replacement guidelines are still in the works.