John Kasich Mischaracterizes Common Core Opposition and Signals Desire for Support from US Chamber of Commerce


This morning on Fox News with Chris Wallace, Ohio governor John Kasich demonstrated that he doesn’t understand opponents opposition to common core standards. Nor does he understand that local school boards aren’t in charge of policy any longer. In response to a question about Jeb Bush’s advocacy for common core, Kasich’s comments are reported by ThinkProgress reporter Igor Volsky:

“In my state of Ohio, we want higher standards for our children and those standards are set and the curriculum is set by local school board


According to the Ohio Department of Education, the state school board – not the local one – sets standards. Few even try to hide the fact that local control of schools even exist anymore. More from Kasich:

“[W]e have a problem with the education standards and our children’s ability to compete in the world….I don’t know how anybody can disagree with this, unless you’re running for something.”

Maybe it’s Kasich who is running for something and he’s signaling that he wants some of the big money that the US Chamber of Commerce controls. “Our children’s ability to compete in the world” are boilerplate talking-points Common Core’s paid mouthpieces use. Kasich’s failed to mention that high-stakes testing go hand-in-hand with Common Core and are what serve to solidify Common Core’s – and the U.S. Department of Education – grip on education policy. They have such high-stakes testing in his state and he is sure to be aware of opposition to testing.

Kasich should have better spent his time in talking about education policies in his state which clearly separate him from Bush and other republican governors who want to be president. His state’s teacher evaluation system is far more reasonable as it allows “less frequent evaluation of teachers receiving skilled and accomplished ratings” and includes alternatives components as “Student surveys, Teacher self-evaluations, Peer review evaluations; or Student portfolios.” Moreover, Ohio offers an “Ohio Curriculum Opt-Out,” a real choice for parents looking for alternatives.

Kasich has demonstrated that he is not an anti-public school teacher zealot are Bush and other GOP hopefuls have demonstrated like Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and Louisiana governor BobbyJindal. These teacher evaluation changes and curriculum choices wouldn’t be in place if he were.





About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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