An Ohio Parent Seeks to 'Strike' Over Common Core

The Medina Gazette reports that a parent in their community plans to withdraw her student from her public elementary school over Common Core and she hopes other parents will do the same.

Rene Antonio, of Harrisville Township, plans to withdraw her second-grade daughter from Cloverleaf Elementary School on Dec. 15 and she’s hoping other parents will join in her protest.

She started a Facebook page Oct. 24 called “Ohio Students strike commoncore,” which now has more than 300 likes.

“Everyone I’ve talked to about it are against the Common Core,” she said. “We are the parents, we have a say, and if enough people pull their children out of school, they’re going to have to do something about it.”

Common Core is a set of academic standards in math and language arts for grades K-12. The standards have been adopted by most states, including Ohio, in 2010.

Antonio said she’s not sure exactly how many parents are committed to the strike, but she’s received positive feedback from others against Common Core.

“I’m trying to be unbiased on my page because everyone has different reasons for not liking it,” she said. “Children’s minds don’t adapt to the Common Core like they’re expected to. It takes away from the child’s ability to explore.

“These aren’t the government’s children, and they aren’t the state’s children.”


Mom and Dads are the ones who are ultimately responsible for their kids’ education and they need to do what is best for their kids regardless of what their state legislature does.  Antonio said she will consider homeschooling if the Ohio legislature doesn’t pass their current Common Core repeal bill.  This would follow a nationwide trend of families joining the homeschooling ranks because of Common Core.