Photos: Ohio is Jazzed About #StopCommonCore

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on April 16, 2013 2 Comments

Ohio had some informational meetings about the Common Core at three different locations throughout the state.  Ohioans Against Common Core has an update here.  Between 850-1000 attended.  The photos below are from Jamie Gass of the Pioneer Institute who was one of the speakers.

The speakers for these events were:

Cincinnati – held April 12th held at the Anderson Twp. Center.  Hosted by Anderson.

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ColumbusDebate style format. Panelists include supporters and opponents. Held on Saturday, April 13th at Berlin Presbyterian Church in Lewis Center, OH.  Hosted by OSBLC.


  • Emmett McGroarty – American Principles Project – Executive Director, Preserve Innocence Project
  • Joy Pullmann – Heartland Institute – Research Fellow, Education; Managing Editor, School Reform News
  • Jamie Gass – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy – Director, Center for School Reform
  • Heather Crossin – Hoosiers Against Common Core – Co-founder, education policy activist
  • Emmy L. Partin – Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Director of Ohio Policy & Research
  • C. Todd Jones – Current member State Board of Education, President of Associations of Independent Colleges

(I’ve been told there is a video of this debate.  We’ll post it when it becomes available).

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Cleveland (West) Saturday – April 13th this was hosted by Concerned Parents & Teachers of Northern Ohio.  Held at Christ the King Church in North Olmsted, OH.

Speakers were the same as Cincinnati.

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If you attended one of these meetings we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Also FYI – here’s an immediate action item for those Ohioans who attended.

Update: Testimony from Jamie Gass:

It becomes clearer and clearer why the CCSSI advocates don’t debate in public – their arguments would get demolished. As with Tony Bennett at ALEC, they just don’t have very good answers beyond some basic talking points. Frankly, I doubt Bennett will ever forget how Bill took him down in AZ.

Oftentimes, the CCSSIers seem to outline the symptoms of America’s troubles in K-12 education, but can’t explain how or why the feds/DC are positioned or able to remedy the problem via national standards/tests. As I responded to the Fordham person  during the debate in Columbus: “You folks have been out in OH for 20 years and haven’t improved either the state standards or the NAEP scores. Given your weak record in OH –why should we believe you can lead a nationalizing effort?” Reply – nothing.

The OH crowds were large – 200 to 300+ in each city — and these people seemed as angry and motivated vs. Common Core as any state we’ve been in. In fact, these were scheduled to be two hour events—nearly 3/4 of the people stayed for three hours in each city.

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Shane Vander Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Caffeinated Thoughts, a popular Christian conservative blog in Iowa. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, a social media & communications consulting/management firm, along with serving as the communications director for American Principles Project’s Preserve Innocence Initiative.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has taught Jr. High History along with being the Dean of Students for Christian school in Indiana.  Shane and his wife home school their three teenage children and have done so since the beginning.   He has recently been recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or connect with him on Google +.

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