Oklahoma governor signs bill repealing Common Core

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill to repeal the Common Core education standards, getting rid of the new math and English guidelines that were scheduled to take effect in schools in the state in the coming school year.

The bill was overwhelmingly passed in the House and Senate on the final day of the 2014 session. Fallin signed it Thursday. The bill requires the state to return to old standards in place before 2010 and calls for new ones to be developed by 2016.

The Common Core standards have been adopted by more than 40 states in an effort to better prepare students for college and the workforce. But there has been growing concern, especially among grass-roots conservatives, that the standards represent a federal takeover of education.

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