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School board opposes proposed repeal of Common Core standards

The Cleveland Board of Education is opposing efforts to repeal the Common Core State Standards in Ohio.

House Bill 597 would abandon Common Core, a more demanding set of standards set to go into effect with exams students take this school year. In a resolution approved unanimously Tuesday, the board said it is committed to rigorous education standards that prepare Cleveland students for an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

"CMSD is a strong supporter of Ohio's new learning standards. We expect and believe our kids can perform at high levels," Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said.

"Like districts across the state and nation, Cleveland has invested time and resources to be fully prepared for implementation of the Common Core this year,” he added. “Any attempt to dilute the standards or to subvert the intent of the Common Core will undermine progress for many schools in Ohio."

The House Rules Committee is hearing testimony on the legislation. The CEO and school board members plan to travel to Columbus next week to testify.

States nationwide launched the Common Core in 2009 to promote deeper understanding of material and help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The Ohio Board of Education adopted the standards in 2010, and since then districts in the state have been preparing for the challenge. The standards set expectations but do not dictate curriculum.

To learn more about the Common Core, go to

Members of the public who want to contact legislators regarding this subject can find contact information for state representatives at  and information for senators at