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Rep. Johnson to Host Town Hall on 'Common Core' Education Standards
Posted on: 08/05/2013
By  Andy Rex
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) is hosting a town hall meeting tomorrow on the topic of education. It is part of a series of meetings Johnson is hosting across the Sixth District this month, and Johnson says education is an important topic to constituents…
“We’ve got a lot of folks in our district that are very, very concerned about education.  Specifically, the federal government’s mandate of a set of standards referred to as the Common Core.  I believe all states should have the option to work with one another to develop common standards.  But, I do not believe that the federal government should be telling the states, local school boards, parents and teachers how to educate our kids.”
How does Johnson say the Common Core Standards came about?
“They used the No Child Left Behind law as a means to begin to promulgate these standards.  The standards were actually developed outside the knowledge of teachers and parents.  The National Association of Governors played a role in the development of the standards.  But, they were largely influenced by people outside (of education).  And, then embraced and dictated by Washington, DC.”
Johnson says the bigger problem is tying federal education funding to these standards.  The US House of Representatives has approved a bill called the Student Success Act which allows states to opt out of the standards without jeopardizing monies.
Recently, there has been an effort from some state legislators to not force schools to comply with the standards.  Governor John Kasich doesn’t support the move, and we asked Congressman Johnson about that…
“I haven’t spoken to the Governor about this issue.  I can tell you that as a parent, I don’t like the federal government telling me how to educate my son.  I want to be able to make those kinds of decisions in consultation with the teachers and the local school officials.  I can tell you that other governors – and I have not confirmed this – but I heard that Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is supporting legislation that will prevent his state from having to comply with the Common Core standards.”
The town hall meeting is Tuesday morning in room 602 at the Washington County Career Center, 21740 State Route 676, Marietta.  It starts at 10:00 a.m.
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