Ohio General Assembly

Common Core Curriculum Debated In Columbus

Aug 19, 2014
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

The set of education standards known as Common Core is under attack just as schools around Ohio begin to implement it. Hearings began this week on a bill to repeal the standards in Columbus.

The Common Core is a set of benchmarks created by a group of education experts from around the country, including some from Ohio, in 2010. The standards were then adopted by the state along with more than 40 others.

Robert Hill, superintendent of Firelands Local Schools in Lorain County, says a great deal of research went into crafting the standards.

Democrats in the Ohio Senate say they'll work this session on bills to curb gun violence, improve ballot access and support healthy, financially stable families.

The legislative agenda of the Senate's minority caucus was announced Tuesday. It also includes proposals to extend hot meals for low-income children year-round and to establish a Family Stability Commission that would explore ideas such as reduced-price marriage licenses for those who get counseling and 30-day timeouts before a divorce.

It’s going to be a busy year at in the House, says Republican Speaker Bill Batchelder.

“Well, there’s no question. I think we’re going to see some exciting announcements this week, and I think we’re going to be looking at very important questions about the structure of state government,” says Batchelder.

2012 was supposed to be a slow year at the Statehouse, with half of the seats in the Ohio Senate on the ballot, and with the two-year budget firmly in place. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down with the departing Senate president and the minority leader to talk about the year that was – and what’s ahead.

The Ohio House and Senate has awarded the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction to the families of 28 Ohio soldiers who lost their lives while serving our country during the past year. Republican House Speaker Bill Batchelder, at a Statehouse ceremony, said each has made a sacrifice to this state that will never be forgotten.