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Ohio lawmaker tries legislative maneuver to force repeal of Common Core education standards

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Republican state lawmaker is trying to force through an Ohio bill repealing Common Core public education standards.

State Rep. John Adams, of Sidney, says he’s working to collect the 50 signatures needed on a discharge petition to circumvent a committee vote and send the bill directly to the floor. Adams says the House Education Committee gave the bill only two hearings. It’s been stalled since November.

Adams announced the effort as a House vote on a separate education-related bill stalled today.

The influential Ohio Business Roundtable appealed to the House in October to kill or sideline the repeal. The group deemed Common Core standards reasonable, flexible and necessary to help Ohio and America compete.

Critics worry the standards could limit academic freedom and increase the federal government’s education role.

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