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REALITY CHECK: Is Common Core repeal bill dead on arrival?

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Ohio House Bill 597 would eliminate math and English/language-arts standards for grades K-12 along with the tests that go with them. This would replace them for three years with standards from Massachusetts that were in place before that state adopted Common Core. New state standards here in Ohio would be put in place by the 2018-19 school year.

Authored by republican state lawmakers, Matt Huffman (Lima) and Andy Thompson (Marietta), HB597 takes educational decision making away from Washington and returning it to Columbus.

"The leadership in the House supports the repeal of these Common Core standards with the substitution for high standards in getting the federal government out of the business of education in Ohio," says Huffman.

But to say HB597 is facing an uphill battle is an understatement. The bill is opposed by the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), Ohio's largest teacher's union (OEA), The Ohio Chamber of Commerce, a conservative policy group The Business Roundtable, as well as more than a dozen major Ohio Universities. Democratic State Senator Joe Schiavone tells FOX19 NOW that HB597 was politically motivated. "Republicans and democrats, the business community, school officials everybody had bought into the idea of common core at one point and then President Obama endorsed the Common Core and then it seemed like a lot of the tea party conservatives decided that they didn't like the Common Core," says Schiavone.

Fighting for HB597, is Cincinnati native and parent Heidi Huber. She is the driving force behind advocacy group OHIOANS AGAINST COMMON CORE. Huber is urging parents to join her in the fight to take educational control away from the federal government. "We are the experts on our children, we are the first and final authority, what they say is success is not what we say is success," says Huber.

Right now, HB597 doesn't have the votes needed to bring it to a vote. Meanwhile, an even bigger obstacle awaits; Governor Kasich had this to say on repealing Common Core:

"Until somebody can show me we're eroding local control, I see no reason to do anything."

And that's the bottom line, that even if House Bill 597 manages to make it to Kasich's desk, it's likely dead on arrival.

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