Local educators oppose Common Core repeal

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — The Common Core Standard, in its first year in Ohio schools, is in danger of being repealed by lawmakers in Columbus.

The Common Core was designed and implemented to ensure that students around the state are competitive in Ohio, but also nationally and globally.

The Springfield City School District has used more than $2 million tax-payer dollars to fund the Common Core. Dr. David Estrop, Superintendent of Springfield City Schools, says more than $1 million went toward new language arts books, and more than $800,000 went toward math books.

He tells us more than $500,000 was spent ensuring teachers were prepared for the new standards.

Today, he met with Columbus lawmakers to share his view–that the Common Core should be here to stay. He says dropping the standards would mean 70-75% of students would fail the current grade they’re in.

“What are we going to do with 70-75% of kids, who can’t graduate or won’t make it past third grade because of the reading guarantee. What’s plan B?” He asked.

Superintendent Estrop says businesses, educators and lawmakers alike are in favor of the bill.

State Representative Ross McGregor was on-hand for today’s hearings in Columbus. He tells us the house bill to repeal the standards throws up a red flag.

“This is just ludicrous. A bill that’s clearly education related is not being heard in the education committee, and on top of that, it’s been put into a committee that rarely hears any sort of testimony. They had to switch out committee members in order to stack the committee in their favor.”

Representative McGregor says the committee is comprised of several right-wing extremists who are wanting to make a political statement.

We wanted to know how likely the bill would be to pass through the house, and move on through the senate. Rep. McGregor says it’s not very likely that the Common Core would be repealed.

For Doctor Estrop–three standards for students to follow in four years would be devastating for educators, but also for students and businesses.

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