“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.”
does Johnson say the Common Core Standards came about?
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
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.
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…
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.”
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.