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Ohio’s Kasich Stands Up to the Right on Common Core

College & Career Readiness, Current Events & News | 01/30/2015

Jonah Edelman
Chief Executive Officer

Jonah is the co-founder and CEO of Stand for Children.

The Ohio governor just took a bold stand against Tea Party hysteria about education standards. Call him the anti-Jindal.

This past Sunday, Ohio Governor John Kasich did something surprising and important.

On Fox News, a mecca of misinformation about the Common Core academic standards, Governor Kasich expressed strong support for the thoughtfully developed standards for what students need to know and be able to do at each grade level in English Language Arts and math to ensure they’re prepared for college or career. “The Common Core was written by state education superintendents and local principals. In my state of Ohio, we want higher standards for our children,” Kasich said.

Given the number of Republican politicians throwing the Common Core and students under the school bus to pander to the Tea Party, Kasich’s plain spoken support of the Common Core was impressive enough. 

But Kasich, who is often discussed as a possible Republican presidential aspirant, went further, lambasting fellow Republicans for turning on the Common Core learned standards for purely political reasons. “I’ve asked the Republican governors who have complained about this to tell me where I’m wrong,” Kasich said. “And guess what? Silence.”

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