ALERT!!! Ohio House Education Committee in Room 313
SUBSTITUTE BILL NEEDS TO BE ADOPTED!!!
If Possible, Submit Written Testimony!!!
Below is general information concerning the upcoming Proponent testimony of HB 237, the bill to repeal Common Core Standards in Ohio. However, we have received notice that there will not be adequate time for testimony to be heard because there will also be opponent testimony scheduled to the bill (which we were not aware of) , as well as other things on the agenda, with HB 237 tucked in at the end. Therefore, we are asking you to consider submitting written testimony to the committee, especially if you will not be able to attend. Here is how you do it:
First, download the following files. Second, submit the witness testimony form to the following address by 5:00pm, Monday, November, 18, 2013, to Trint Hatt by e-mail. Third, attend the hearing, if at all possible!
We have the opportunity to ensure that our voices of concern are not drowned out. Whether or not you are able to attend the upcoming committee hearing on HB 237 (the common core repeal bill) you can send "written-only" testimony which will be entered into the committee record and submitted to committee members to read. (Written-only means you do not have to stand up and present it to the committee or answer questions.) Be advised that the House Rules dictate that the committee chairman cannot require any person testifying before the committee to provide a written copy of the person's testimony.
We strongly encourage anyone wishing to express their opinion in this way to be careful with the facts, keep it concise and to the point. Here is a list of "Talking Points" OEF has vetted and offered up for the last three months and may help you stay "on-point." Submit it as soon as possible... Sunday evening or early in the day Monday would be the best.
HB 237 has been introduced, and assigned to this committee. Currently, bill sponsor Rep. Andy Thompson and fellow committee members and co-sponsors John Becker and Kristina Roegner are the known supporters.
The process goes like this: the bill has been introduced, it has been assigned to the House Education Committee, it will receive hearings (Sponsor testimony, Proponent testimony and Opponent testimony) and will need a favorable vote out of committee to be passed out to the Rules and Reference Committee to be passed out for a full floor vote of the full body. Here is a chart, explaining details. Here is a fact sheet on Common Core Standards and an analysis on Rep. Thompson's HB 237.
NOVEMBER 20TH AT 5:00PM in Room 313: Proponent Testimony has been scheduled to present to this committee on Nov. 20th at 5:00 pm. We need to first send phone calls to support HB 237 to repeal Common Core Standards before the hearing and then fill the room to send a clear message to the committee members, and especially to Chairman Stebelton, that concerned Ohioans expect nothing less than sufficient hearings to have our concerns heard, as well as testimony of expert witnesses, who support FULL REPEAL of Common Core in Ohio. Chairman Stebelton wields all power over this committee. He alone determines if we get a Proponent Hearing on HB237.
WE MUST TURN OUT ON NOVEMBER 20TH FOR THIS HEARING. Last hearing we had 250+ people attend! Ask for the "SUB BILL" TO BE PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE and sent to the Rules and Reference Committee.
The remaining members should be assumed to be undecided or opposed to the bill. Once HB 237 reaches the Education Committee, these members need to be moved in their positions to allow the prerequisite hearings and support a favorable vote out of committee. If you go to the hyperlinked legislator's name, you will find a page for that member. There are members that will unlikely support Thompson's bill, so we will work on those who are most likley to support. We will alert you in our Urgent Alerts page on numbers to call.
DOWNLOAD THIS MAP HERE!
Contact information is listed by office location floor level in the Vern Riffe Building. To consolidate your office visits, plan by floor level. For instance, one committee member on the 14th, six committee members on the 13th, one committee member on the 12th, five committee members on the 11th, and five committee members on the 10th. You will visit Education Committee members on the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th or 14th floors.
- State Rep. Matt Huffman, District 4 (614) 466-9624, 14th Floor
- State Rep. Gerald Stebelton, District 77 (Chairman) (614) 466-6504, 13th Floor
- State Rep. Andrew Brenner, District 67 (Vice Chairman) (614) 644-6711, 13th Floor
- State Rep. Timothy Derickson, District 53 (614) 644-5094, 13th Floor
- State Rep. Michael Henne, District 40 (614) 644-8051, 13th Floor
- State Rep. Ryan Smith, District 93 (614) 466-1366, 13th Floor
- State Rep. Bill Hayes, District 72 (614) 466-2500, 13th Floor
- State Rep. John Becker, District 65 (614) 466-8134 (Already Supporting), 12th Floor
- State Rep. Kristina Roegner, District 37 (614) 466-1177 (Already Supporting), 11th Floor
- State Rep. Andy Thompson, District 95 (614) 644-8728 (Already Supporting), 11th Floor
- State Rep. Stephanie Kunze, District 24 (614) 466-8012, 11th Floor
- State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio, District 13 (614) 466-5921, 11th Floor
- State Rep. Marilyn Slaby, District 38 (614) 644-5085, 11th Floor
- State Rep. Teresa Fedor, District 45 (Ranking Minority Member) (614) 644-6017, 10th Floor
- State Rep. Heather Bishoff, District 20 (614) 644-6002, 10th Floor
- State Rep. John Patterson, District 99 (614) 466-1405, 10th Floor
- State Rep. Denise Driehaus, District 31 (614) 466-5786, 10th Floor
- State Rep. Fred Strahorn, District 39 (614) 466-1607, 10th Floor
Here is the sponsor testimony for download! Here is the substitute bill for download!