House Bill 597, a Common Core repeal bill, passed out of the Ohio House Rules Committee on a 7-2 vote.
The Columbus Dispatch reports:
House Bill 597 would eliminate math and English/language arts standards and replace them for three years with standards from Massachusetts that were in place before that state adopted Common Core. New state standards would be put in place by the 2018-19 school year.
The House Rules Committee, which was selected and organized to help get the bill passed, voted 7-2 to pass the bill. House Minority Leader Tracy Heard, D-Columbus, was among the two Democrats to vote against it, and Speaker William G. Batchelder, R-Medina, voted for it.
Rep. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, a prime sponsor of the bill, said it would get a full House vote if leaders are certain they have 50 votes to pass it – something they do not have right now. He said the standards did not get a proper vetting when Ohio first adopted the standards in 2010 and began working toward full implementation this year.
Huffman said he has seen support grow on bills in the past, so he’s thinks there is still a chance for it to pass the House.