Oklahoma bill would abolish Common Core State Standards

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

ARDMORE, OK - Back in 2010 Oklahoma began implementing the Common Core, a set of national education standards states can adopt voluntarily. Four years later the Senate Education Committee has voted to abolish those standards. State Senator Josh Brecheen authored the new measure.

"It's making it impossible for us to deviate in the future and that's control," said Brecheen. "It's baiting you into a situation where you cannot modify yourself to maintain your independence."

The bill passed the committee unanimously and would replace Common Core English and math standards with new ones that the State Board of Education would create and adopt by August 2015.

No matter which standards the state chooses parents we spoke to just want their kids to get the best education.

"As long as they can - as their standards meet or exceed the federal standards so our children aren't left behind academically I don't see a problem with it," said parent Joshua Lindsey.

"As far as the state, if it's a good standard for our kids I'm all with it," said Laquite Williamson, who also has children in Oklahoma schools. "You know, to help education and help to go all the way with our kids."

Brecheen said the State Board-created standards would still be high.

"Those standards would be based upon models of high rigor, but unlike with Common Core we won't be ceding state control to an out of state consortium," Brecheen said.

If the bill passes and is signed into law, the state-created standards would be fully implemented by the 2017-2018 school year. Brecheen said he'll ask to speak on the Senate floor in the next few weeks.


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