John Kasich | Candidates on Common Core

John Kasich - Candidates on Common Core | HSLDA Blog

Every week leading up to the 2016 Primary Season, HSLDA will post a profile for one of the 2016 Presidential candidates on Homeschooling Now, highlighting where each stands on the Common Core State Standards Initiative. For more information on the Common Core, check out our free resources at



  • Governor of Ohio (2011-Present)
  • US House of Representatives: OH-12 (1983-2001)
  • Ohio State Senate (1979-1982)

CURRENT POSITION: Supports the Common Core


  • 2009: Ohio adopts Common Core standards and Race to the Top funding.
  • 2011: Kasich becomes governor of Ohio, supports Common Core.


“[The idea behind the standards was for] students in every state to be given the opportunity to compete with every other student….I want kids to jump higher….I’m going to make sure, at least in my state, that standards are high and local control is maintained….Now, some may call that Common Core. I don’t really know, but I’m telling you the way it is in my state.” —July 2015, via EdExcellence

“The Common Core was written by state education superintendents and local principals. In my state of Ohio, we want higher standards for our children, and those standards are set and the curriculum is set by local school boards. Barack Obama doesn’t set it, the state of Ohio doesn’t set it. It is local school boards driving better education, higher standards, created by local school boards. … I’ve asked the Republican governors who have complained about this to tell me where I’m wrong, and guess what, silence.” —Statement on Fox News Sunday, January 2015, via Huffington Post

While explaining that he did not expect his state’s legislature to repeal Common Core, Kasich stated: “I don’t expect anything like that. When you study the issue, you separate the hysteria from the reality. … We have carried it [Common Core] out. We have higher standards. We want our kids to perform better and do better,” Kasich said. “The standards are determined by our local school boards. There is total local control. I think there has been a hysteria about this that is not well founded. The standards were established by governors and were established by education professionals at the state level. In our state, in order to get higher standards, which we all want in America, it’s up to the local school board to design the curriculum to meet the higher standards. We don’t know what would be wrong with that.” —Statement for the Blaze, January 2015, via The Blaze

“That is not something that Barack Obama is putting together. … It’s local school boards developing local curriculum to meet higher standards. I cannot figure out what’s wrong with that. … To a large degree, it’s a runaway Internet campaign, as far as I’m concerned in Ohio.” —Campaigning in South Carolina, February 2015, via Telegraph-Forum

“Sometimes things get to be political, they get to be runaway Internet issues. I’ve looked at it.The federal government did not tell us what test to give, the federal government did not tell us what the standards ought to be. It was set by governors. And some of the governors that set the standards are now saying they don’t like the program. You ought to ask them the question.” —Campaigning in New Hampshire, March 2015 via Cleveland

John Kasich - Candidates on Common Core | HSLDA Blog


SUMMARY: Kasich has been a consistent supporter of the Common Core standards since he was elected governor of Ohio. He has often used his support of Common Core to show that he is not another Republican who will be pressured into holding a certain position just because it is a popular view among conservatives.

— Andrew Mullins and Lauren Mitchell

Photo Credit: First image graphic design by Andrew Mullins; second image by REUTERS/Brian Snyder. 

4 thoughts on “John Kasich | Candidates on Common Core

  1. I think common core is not a good idea. My daughter has been using common core since she started school. She is in 5th grade and still cannot multiply or divide and getting very bad grades this year


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