OK governor signs bill to repeal Common Core

OK governor signs bill to repeal Common Core

[Ed. – Another one bites the dust.  Indiana opted out of Common Core earlier this spring, but plans to implement state standards that are enough like Common Core to keep the federal dollars coming to the Hoosier State.  Oklahoma has gone a different route in explicitly deciding to distinguish Oklahoma standards from those of Common Core.  Missouri was considering the same clean break with Common Core in May, but ultimately settled on a compromise that delays the decision for two years.  The lure of federal money is a powerful corrupter of  character.]

Gov. Mary Fallin (R) of Oklahoma has signed a bill that will repeal the Common Core education standards in her state and replace them with standards to be developed by the state of Oklahoma. The new standards must be proven to be sufficiently unlike the Common Core standards.

Fallin signed HB 3399, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. The new law repeals the adoption of the Common Core standards and directs the State Board of Education to create new, more rigorous standards by August of 2016. …

The state will revert to the Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) standards, in use from 2003 to 2010, until new standards are developed.

Fallin said that the original intention of Common Core was to “ensure children graduated from high school prepared for college and a career in an increasingly competitive workforce.” The governor went on to say:

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Unfortunately, federal overreach has tainted Common Core. President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. The results are predictable. What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the president’s plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies. We cannot ignore the widespread concern of citizens, parents, educators and legislators who have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma’s public schools. The words ‘Common Core’ in Oklahoma are now so divisive that they have become a distraction that interferes with our mission of providing the best education possible for our children. If we are going to improve our standards in the classroom, now is the time to get to work.

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