COLUMBUS—State Representatives Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Tom Brinkman (R-Mt. Lookout) introduced House Bill 181 this week - the “Student and Teacher Liberty Act” - that aims to restore and improve Ohio’s education system.
House Bill 181 would eliminate Common Core State Standards in Ohio and the associated tests, as well as prohibit state required end-of-course examinations. The Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) and Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES) would also be eliminated, giving each school district the ability to create its own evaluations for teachers and principals.
“For the past two years we have been working on legislation that would meet four key goals: eliminate state-mandated teacher and principal evaluations, replace federal Common Core standards with Ohio standards, reduce and improve the testing system and increase protection for private student information,” said Rep. Hood.
"The bill was designed to liberate teachers and students from an unproven and excessively scripted system of testing and evaluations," said Rep. Brinkman. “Common Core and its affiliated tests forced teachers to teach to the test, taking creativity and learning out of the classroom.”
Both representatives have been hearing from disgruntled parents and frustrated teachers. Several bills have been introduced over the last few years that address some of the problem, but Hood and Brinkman said this was the first comprehensive bill that tackles all the major issues while still allowing Ohio to keep federal education dollars.
“You hear so many platitudes about local control," stated Rep. Hood. “But as long as Ohio allows the federal government to dictate standards, tests and evaluations, local control is an illusion.”
“The Student Teacher Liberty Act goes back to what we know works, letting teachers teach, so students can enjoy learning again,” Rep. Brinkman added. “This is a win for everyone: parents, students, teachers, local school boards and taxpayers.”