SIDNEY — The Shelby County Liberty Group will host a town hall meeting featuring guests Josh Mandel, Ohio state treasurer, and Heidi Huber, advocate for local control of education, Monday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m at the Sidney VFW Hall, 2841 Wapakoneta Ave. The meeting is open to the public free of charge.
Mandel is the 48th treasurer of the state of Ohio and the youngest state Ttreasurer in the United States. Elected in 2010 and again in 2014, he is a veteran of the U. S. Marines. He served two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. Mandel has helped take Ohio’s financial ranking from 43rd up to seventh in the nation. He has been a national leader in the cause of increasing government transparency and empowering taxpayers to hold officials accountable. He recently launched OhioCheckbook.com online. He will share with attendees the Ohio Checkbook, as well as whom he supports for the 2016 presidential campaign. Mandel is against Common Core and will share his reasoning, which will lead the town hall to the next speaker, Huber, founder of Ohioans for Local Control.
Huber is involved in state and federal reform legislation and has been a guest on numerous national and local programs, including Glenn Beck and 55KRC. Huber has been a citizen lobbyist for Ohio General Assembly in support of House Bill 597, the bill to repeal and replace Common Core in Ohio. When asked to describe Common Core to someone who just learned about it, Huber said, “Common Core is described as a set of standards. The fallacy of that is Common Core is an initiative. It is an initiative to fundamentally change every classroom in the country. They are doing that through a set of standards that also has assurances that were required as a part of the initiative and a federal grant including teacher evaluations, a student longitudinal data system, national standards and a national assessment. Those four components will fundamentally change the American education system.” Huber will discuss Common Core.