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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - Common Core is an educational initiative that maps out what K thru 12 students should have learned in reading and mathematics at the end of each grade.

But several Republican lawmakers in the Ohio House are determined to scrap the educational standards approved in 2010. They've proposed legislation to replace it with what they believe are proven and tested academic standards, that are state-driven, and not under federal control.

State Senator Joe Schiavoni, a Democrat representing the 33rd District, doesn't want to see politics get in the way of education, "We have to at least see how it works first, and then you can have the critics come if it doesn't work. I think like it or not it's going to be in place here in the State of Ohio."

Vincent Colaluca, the superintendent of Austintown Schools, believes in the Common Core standards and says his teachers have invested a lot of personal time and energy in the initiative.

"It's something that we feel is very important because it keeps us unified across the country. We're compared as a nation, not only as a school district but as a state, and as a nation we're compared to other countries. And for us to move forward in education in the 21st century we need to have that high stakes standards, and high expectations and that's what the Common Core gives us," Colaluca said.

But there's also the issue of testing and preparing students for graduation and what lies ahead.

"We still have a mandate to meet. The No Child Left Behind mandate, that has not gone away. So we still have to test students. What would that test be and what would it look like," Colaluca said.

Colaluca hopes before any vote is taken on the proposal to repeal Common Core, lawmakers will sit down with educators to find out ultimately what's in the best interest of the students.

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