So after six months of pressuring Chairman Stebelton to allow our side a hearing on Common Core and Rep. Thompson introducing a Repeal Bill, the Chairman hosted a briefing for reporters to go on record against the bill PRECEDING THE SPONSOR TESTIMONY! This is not just void of protocol, it is void of character. (H/T OhioCapitalBlog – YouTube)
If Chairman Stebelton would do half as much homework as he does backstabbing, he’d know his propaganda is spinning on borrowed time. To quote the Chairman from his embarrassing “how low can I go” preemptive stunt…
“Maybe it could have been done better. Maybe it could have been accomplished in a little different way. It was accomplished in the way it was accomplished with the people who accomplished it which was the governors association and the school of state officials, uh state school officials”.
Hey, Representative Stebelton – Maybe “it” could have been accomplished by our state reps within our state legislature where it would have received our due diligence by allowing Ohio citizens to participate. Can you say, legislative process? You were elected to represent your district and you do Chair the House Education Committee, right? Why then sir, do you admonish our concerns?
The Gates “philanthropic” money trail, where all things Common Core lead to every edu-crat’s favorite sugar daddy, destroys their ridiculous state-led claim. These so-called “state school officials” of the CCSSO – which remember is a private trade organization with no legal or statutory authority and completely void of accountability given Ohio’s State Superintendent is NOT elected – received over $27 MILLION from Gates. Chester Finn, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute – the largest peddlers of CCS in Ohio and who were paid handsomely to do so – testified in the Michigan hearings, “As you know, the Gates Foundation paid for the development of the Common Core Standards. There’s no disputing that.” Oops, I think the “truth cat” got Chester’s tongue. And let us not forget that Fordham’s Emmy Partin, is now in the Governor’s office with a $600K Helmsley grant to help Superintendent Dick Ross implement Common Core. How’s that for coincidence or is that what progressives call “keeping it among friends”?
We appreciate Columbus Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel’s article acknowledging the Chairman’s unusual tactic to kneecap a member of his own caucus and committee, and his inclusion of a number of selections from Rep. Thompson’s excellent testimony. Seems the closer we get to lifting the rock, the more skittish the C-bus CCS team becomes. Which is understandable from any reasonable onlooker’s obvious question, “if everything is so on the up-and-up and the CCS are clearly more rigorous, why all the drama over proponent hearings”? Wouldn’t it prove supporters’ claims at the anti-Common Core crowd’s expense? Yes, Houston…it appears they have a problem.
We would dare say that Wednesday’s sponsor hearing was one of the largest of record and no doubt the source for the Chairman’s distasteful behavior and conveniently planned vacation next week. With Room 313 maxed at 175, the overflow maxed at 75 and 8 sent to the basement – this even after a time change from 5:00 to 3:00 pm – we don’t know how long the Chairman and his cohorts think they can deny our existence and growing numbers. The house of cards is falling and many in the Ohio House will be found amongst the rubble, and deservingly so. Hasten the process by joining in effort below.
KEEP UP THE CALLS. STEBELTON’S OFFICE HAD OVER 300 FRIDAY AND STOPPED ANSWERING THE PHONE. SPEAKER BATCHELDER’S OFFICE INTERVENED, TAKING NAMES AND NUMBERS OF THOSE IGNORED BY THE CHAIRMAN. CALL ALL FOUR OFFICES BELOW AND DEMAND PROPONENT HEARINGS!
Andrew Brenner – House Education Vice Chair (614) 644-6711
Governor John Kasich – (614) 466-3555