Kasich addresses Common Core concerns

Demonstrators in Beavercreek protest Common Core

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio students will see some changes this year with new Common Core standards set to take effect.

But the controversial education standards are also up for debate next week. An Ohio House panel has scheduled three days of hearings.

While at a campaign stop in Beavercreek signs of opposition to a new standard for Ohio public schools greeted Governor John Kasich.

“It’s dumbing down the educational system especially in the areas of English literature and math. The new advanced placement high school studies program for HS students doesn’t even talk about subjects like Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson,” said Mike Snead who opposes Common Core.

Common Core is a set of learning goals that outline what a student should know and be able to do by the end of each grade. It specifically focuses on Math and English.

Ohio is among the 43 states to adopt the standards but opposition is growing, including some Republican groups. Governor Kasich has expressed support for Common Core, which some take issue with.

“Basically that our school systems have no control over the curriculum and along with the curriculum is the tests, the books, all the data collection that goes along with that..it’s basically out of the hands of our local school system,” said Snead

Governor Kasich says he believes local districts will still have control.

“We want high standards in the school but we want local school boards to develop the curriculum to set those standards advised by parents who live in the school district and that’s exactly what the law provides for in Ohio,” he said.

He said the curriculum is still written by local school boards, not Washington DC or Columbus and that he’s aware state lawmakers are now looking at the issue.

“I’m glad they are going to have some hearings at the legislature to look at this. If they unearth or uncover something I’m unaware of that takes away local control then you know, that’s one thing but I haven’t seen that yet,” said Gov. Kasich.

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