Bill to abolish Common Core passes Oklahoma Senate

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

ARDMORE, OK - The future education for Oklahoma children is up in the air. Last week the Oklahoma Senate passed a bill that would take away Common Core standards in Oklahoma putting it one step closer to becoming law.

"In Common Core there's a lot more higher level requirements, higher level thinking requirements," said Jon Tuck, who is the
superintendent for Madill schools and said he has his concerns about the federal standards.

"We're all in favor of higher standards," said Tuck. "But to say one size fits all, to continually push kids at younger and younger ages to do things that are beyond their developmental ability I think is not only not fruitful, it's dangerous."

The standards outline the knowledge and skills students should have by the end of each grade level in English and math. The bill to repeal those standards passed the state Senate last week by a vote of 37 to 10. If it becomes law, the State Board of Education would develop different standards for Oklahoma to adopt by 2015. Some parents we spoke to are against Common Core and hope the bill to repeal it ultimately passes.

"To have this Common Core this fast and say this is it, you're all going to have to learn it this particular way, I don't see how it's feasible," said parent Cory Sherfield.

Others said they just want the best education for their child no matter which set of standards Oklahoma chooses.

"If their standards can be better than what it is now then get rid of it," said Rachael Farve, who's also a parent. "But if it's not going to be better with the outcome then keep it."


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