Ohio ed chair open to Common Core debate

The Ohio House's new education chairman believes his chamber will again debate Common Core repeal, and unlike his predecessor will not try to use his influence to curtail it.

Rep. Bill Hayes, R-Pataskala, on Monday was announced as the new education committee chair, a position the former school board member said was his ultimate goal when he first ran for the Legislature.

"I'm quite excited," he said.

He said he expects to once again debate whether Ohio should repeal the Common Core learning standards. Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, has pledged to introduce another repeal bill after his last effort stalled in the lame duck session.

That bill was placed in the House rules committee because previous education chairman Gerry Stebelton, R-Lancaster, was such an ardent proponent of Common Core. Stebelton could not seek re-election last year because of term limits.

Hayes said he would not use his personal feelings to dictate how the issue was handled, but admitted to being a supporter of local control for school districts. Common Core opponents have long argued the standards take away some control from local school boards.

(Read more that the Bucyrus Telegraph)