Common Core under fire at board meeting

As a bill to repeal Common Core in Ohio continues to hear testimony from supporters and opponents, several local residents took to the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday to express their opposition of Common Core and their desire to repeal it.

“I’m here today because my concerns regarding Common Core have not subsided, but actually have grown,” New Knoxville resident Darla Lee said.

Lee said she has spoken out against Common Core for over a year, and last July gave a presentation to the Auglaize County Patriots — a meeting which WCS Superintendent Keith Horner attended. 

After the meeting, Lee said she asked Horner if she should come to a board meeting to express her concern. She said she was told it would not do any good.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Horner said he didn’t deny saying that, but clarified what he meant by it.

“When I said it wouldn’t do any good, it’s because these guys (the board of education) don’t control the assessment,” he said. “We do control the curriculum and how it’s taught, but the tests tend to drive the curriculum.”

Horner is referring to the fact that, under Common Core, the state will assess students’ college-and-career readiness through state mandated tests developed by the Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness, or PARCC.

Lee then spoke about House Bill 597, a revised bill to repeal Common Core in Ohio that is currently pending in the Ohio House Rules and Reference Committee. Hearings regarding the bill have been held in Columbus for the past two weeks as concerned citizens on both sides have expressed their opinions on Common Core. Lee told the board she hopes they will take time to review these hearings.

For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.