Update on Common Core in Ohio!


Thanks to fellow Tea Party Leader, Kristen Hill, for the below information:  Folks it is important that we force a hearing on this.  But it isn’t only important for Ohio to repeal Common Core, all the states need to do this.  If you are in a state that is currently implementing Common Core, please take a stand and have your legislators craft a bill to remove it from your state curriculum. Common Core will do nothing but devalue American education for generations to come and at a greater degree than education has already been devalued. Americans are exceptional because of our freedom and our long history of education but that is in danger now and we must act.
The Ohio House Education Committee met last Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, to hear Rep. Andy Thompson tell them about his bill to repeal Common Core (HB 237).
The Education Committee Chairman Stebelton was interviewed on video prior to the 3:00 pm committee hearing.  In the 6 minute video below he says that he does not think there is enough support for the bill on the committee.
Next step…
The chairman has the power to allow or not allow those who support full repeal and those who oppose repeal of Common Core to testify on the bill now.  He is not indicating that he will allow it.  Maybe he is thinking about it while he is on vacation this week.
What WE need to do is get on the phone and call these representatives in Columbus and request Proponent Hearings.  Please call them this week.

KEEP UP THE CALLS. STEBELTON’S OFFICE HAD OVER 300 FRIDAY AND STOPPED ANSWERING THE PHONE. SPEAKER BATCHELDER’S OFFICE INTERVENED, TAKING NAMES AND NUMBERS OF THOSE IGNORED BY THE CHAIRMAN. CALL ALL FOUR OFFICES BELOW AND DEMAND PROPONENT HEARINGS!

Gerald Stebelton – House Education Chair (614) 466-8100 – Make sure to also have your name added to the House Education Committee Hearing Schedule Distribution List.
Andrew Brenner – House Education Vice Chair (614) 644-6711
William Batchelder – Speaker of the House  (614) 466-8140
Governor John Kasich – (614) 466-3555
Thank you for your continued interest and support.
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Stebelton Jumps the Shark and Leaves Town

So after six months of pressuring Chairman Stebelton to allow our side a hearing on Common Core and Rep. Thompson introducing a full Repeal Bill, the Chairman hosted a briefing for reporters to go on record against the bill PRECEDING THE SPONSOR TESTIMONY! This is not just void of protocol, it is void of character.

If Chairman Stebelton would do half as much homework as he does backstabbing, he’d know his propaganda is living on borrowed time. To quote the Chairman from his embarrassing “how low can I go” preemptive stunt…

“Maybe it could have been done better. Maybe it could have been accomplished in a little different way.  It was accomplished in the way it was accomplished with the people who accomplished it which was the governors association and the school of state officials, uh state school officials”.  

Hey, Representative Stebelton – Maybe “it” could have been accomplished by our state reps withinour state legislature where it would have received our due diligence by allowing Ohio citizens to participate. Can you say, legislative process? You were elected to represent your district and you do Chair the House Education Committee, right? Why then sir, do you admonish our concerns?

The  Gates philanthropic money trail, where all things Common Core lead to every edu-crat’s favorite sugar daddy, destroys their ridiculous state-led claim. These so-called “state school officials” of the CCSSO – which remember is a private trade organization with no legal or statutory authority and completely void of accountability given Ohio’s State Superintendent is NOT elected – received over $27 MILLION from Gates. Chester Finn, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute – the largest peddlers of CCS in Ohio and who were paid handsomely to do so – testified in the Michigan hearings, “As you know, the Gates Foundation paid for the development of the Common Core Standards. There’s no disputing that.” Oops, I think the “truth cat” got Chester’s tongue. And let us not forget that Fordham’s Emmy Partin, is now in the Governor’s office with a $600K Helmsley grant to help Superintendent Dick Ross implement Common Core. How’s that for coincidence or is that what progressives call “keeping it among friends”?

We appreciate Columbus Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel’s article acknowledging the Chairman’s unusual tactic to kneecap a member of his own caucus and committee, and his inclusion of a number of selections from Rep. Thompson’s excellent testimony. Seems the closer we get to lifting the rock, the more skittish the C-bus CCS team becomes. Which is understandable from any reasonable onlooker’s obvious question, “if everything is so on the up-and-up and the CCS are clearly more rigorous, why all the drama over proponent hearings”? Wouldn’t it prove supporters’ claims at the anti-Common Core crowd’s expense? Yes, Houston…it appears they have a problem.

We would dare say that Wednesday’s sponsor hearing was one of the largest of record and no doubt the source for the Chairman’s distasteful behavior and conveniently planned vacation next week. With Room 313 maxed at 175, the overflow maxed at 75 and 8 sent to the basement – this even after a time change from 5:00 to 3:00 pm – we don’t know how long the Chairman and his cohorts think they can deny our existence and growing numbers. The house of cards is falling and many in the Ohio House will be found amongst the rubble, and deservingly so. Hasten the process by joining in effort below.

KEEP UP THE CALLS. STEBELTON’S OFFICE HAD OVER 300 FRIDAY AND STOPPED ANSWERING THE PHONE. SPEAKER BATCHELDER’S OFFICE INTERVENED, TAKING NAMES AND NUMBERS OF THOSE IGNORED BY THE CHAIRMAN. CALL ALL FOUR OFFICES BELOW AND DEMAND PROPONENT HEARINGS!

Gerald Stebelton – House Education Chair (614) 466-8100 – Make sure to also have your name added to the House Education Committee Hearing Schedule Distribution List.
Andrew Brenner – House Education Vice Chair (614) 644-6711
William Batchelder – Speaker of the House  (614) 466-8140
Governor John Kasich – (614) 466-3555
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