Bush Still ‘Backs’ the Common Core; Ohio Passes Bill to Protect Students

Jeb Bush is still firmly entrenched in his support for the Common Core.  In New Hampshire at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce he obstinately maintained his support for the unpopular federal initiative.  TheHill.com reports:

Jeb Bush was defiant on Friday in defending his support for Common Core, arguing that he wouldn’t back down from his support for the education standards just because political winds have turned against him.

“You don’t abandon your core beliefs, you go try to persuade people as I’m doing now,” Bush said at a Nashua Chamber of Commerce business roundtable in New Hampshire. “I think you need to be genuine. I think you need to have a backbone.”

Bush said it was “wrong” for the federal government to offer money to states to get them to adopt Common Core, “but that doesn’t mean the standards are wrong.”

Bush’s ‘backbone’ may be the reason that his shot at the Republican nomination may be doomed before his formal announcement.  The Common Core is already wildly unpopular now, and we will see this reach a fever pitch by the time the scores come back.  His history as a pioneer of high-stakes testing in Florida will not help matters for him, either.

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill to keep students who opt-out of high-stakes testing from retribution.  Should HB 7 become law, students who do not take the test will not be kept back from continuing on to the next grade.   Heartland.org goes into detail in this article:

The Ohio House of Representatives has passed legislation to protect students from punishment when opting out of testing aligned with Common Core standards.

House Bill 7 passed unanimously in February. If the bill becomes law, it would protect Ohio students from penalties for opting out of high-stakes testing. HB 7 states the results of the testing, or the fact students are opting out, cannot alter their ability to proceed to the next grade or obtain course credit. This applies to any testing aligned with Common Core standards.

The bill also states districts cannot release student data to an outside source or third party without permission from a parent or guardian.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests align with Common Core and debuted in Ohio in early 2015. House Bill 487, which became law in 2014, protects teachers from having their job stability compromised based on PARCC testing during the first year of testing.

While students are protected under this bill, there is no mention of any measures for teachers. Classroom instructors evaluations and pay are often tied to student performance on standardized tests.   Ohio teachers who are against Common Core have their own organization as do parents against Common Core.    They are battling against a pro-Core Governor, but their efforts are beginning to show results.



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