In Wisconsin and Ohio, new calls and bills to repeal Common Core

Earlier this year, Indiana became the first U.S. state to opt out of Common Core education standards, and the repeal movement continues to attract interest in other Midwestern states as well.
In July, Gov. Scott Walker called on legislator to replace Common Core “with standards set by people in Wisconsin.” In Ohio, meanwhile, hearings began being held on HB 597, a measure that would block the use of Common Core. In its place would be K-12 standards in English, language arts and math that are “not dependent” or “related to federal control,” according to the bill. Walker’s statement and Ohio’s HB 597 reflect one of the concerns raised over Common Core — that it cedes local control to a set of standards pushed by the federal government. Voluntary acceptance of Common Core, for example, has been one way for states to secure U.S. Department of Education waivers and grants.
Supporters of Common Core, however, note that it has been a state-driven initiative, one based on model state standards and led by two multi-state organizations. Its goal is to establish “clear and consistent learning goals” in kindergarten through the 12th grade. Most states in the Midwest have adopted Common Core, with the exceptions being Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska. (Minnesota has adopted the standards for English/language arts, but not for math.)
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