November 21, 2013: Gongwer Ohio

Common Core Proponents, Opponents Inundate House Panel with Divergent Views

Gongwer Ohio, Volume #82, Report #266, Article #4 - Thursday, November 21, 2013

A bill to block Ohio's implementation of Common Core academic standards drew hundreds of speakers on both sides of the issue to the Statehouse this week.

Ohio 8 Co-Chair, Dayton Superintendent Lori Ward, spoke in support of the Common Core. Supt. Ward said that the Common Core standards allow Ohio to develop its own accountability model that is "demanding and flexible when necessary," which respects the unique needs of the state and its schools.

Dayton Public School Superintendent Lori Ward, co-chairwoman of the Ohio 8 Coalition, said the major urban districts of the state support implementing the Common Core standards because the schools have committed to and made "strategic investments" in implementation for several years.

 

She said the standards allow Ohio to develop its own accountability model that is "demanding and flexible when necessary," which respects the unique needs of the state and its schools. The Common Core are a collection of "consistent, focused, rigorous expectations for all students, which is a necessary foundation for improving student achievement and ensuring students can compete in Ohio, the United States, and around the world."

 

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