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Published On: Fri, Jun 6th, 2014

Oklahoma Gov Mary Fallin repeals Common Core standards

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Thursday that repeals the adoption of the standards and directs the Oklahoma Board of Education to create new, more rigorous standards by August 2016.

“We are very capable as Oklahomans of developing our own Oklahoma standards to make sure that our children receive the highest quality education possible in our state,” Fallin said after signing the bill.

Common Core State  Standards Initiative mapFallin’s decision to throw out Common Core math and English standards drew immediate criticism from educators and businesses interested in selling material for the standards.

“It has become very apparent to me that the word Common Core has become a word that is tainted, that is divisive, that has caused widespread concern throughout our state,” Fallin said in the afternoon news conference.

The Common Core standards are part of an initiative of the National Governors Association — currently chaired by Fallin — to outline what students are expected to know by each grade level and were adopted on a state-by-state basis as part of an effort to improve the readiness of high school graduates.

These standards have been adopted by more than 40 other states, but there has been growing concern over federal intrusion, questionable content and tests.

“President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards.”

She explained that the federal government provides financial incentives for states that use Common Core.

“Many people have seen that as taking away states’ rights, local control over education, and trying to impede upon our state’s ability to develop standards that we think are best for our children,” Fallin said.

Asked whether this means Oklahoma could lose federal money, the governor said: “There’s a possibility; we won’t know until that happens.”

“This decision will throw many schools into chaos as they prepare for a new academic year,” said Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. “It also represents a significant waste of the time and resources schools have spent on the transition over the last four years. This decision is not good for Oklahoma’s schools, and it’s not good for Oklahoma’s kids.”

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Education Policy Cheryl Oldham said Fallin’s decision will result in high school graduates who “are not adequately prepared for college or the workforce.”

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