The Greater Cleveland Partnership has joined seven other Ohio metro chambers and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce to submit a joint memorandum to the Ohio House Rules Committee “to indicate our collective opposition to House Bill 597, the legislation that would eliminate the Common Core standards that were duly authorized and implemented for the past four years in Ohio.
The memo continues: “Although we are proud of Ohio’s quality workforce that allows our member companies to remain competitive in a global economy, we firmly believe that Ohio would be moving backwards by rejecting the New Learning Standards. These higher, more rigorous standards are a significant improvement over the previous standards.
“And because they place greater emphasis on reading and writing, as well as critical thinking and depth of knowledge in contrast to memorization, the new standards will drive improvements to the quality of education Ohio’s children – and our future employees – need and deserve.”
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Participating chambers in addition to the GCP are the Greater Akron Chamber, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.