Oklahoma legislature repeals Common Core; Gov. will reportedly sign the bill


Oklahoma may become the 2nd state to repeal Common Core. What makes it especially interesting is that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is chairwoman of the National Governors Association. The NGA holds the copyright on the Common Core standards – essentially owning them.

Nevertheless, EAGnews.org reports:

The last day of the 2014 session, Friday, May 23rd, the Oklahoma House passed HB3399 with a wide margin. Hours later, the bill passed the Senate and has now reached the desk of Governor Mary Fallin. All indications are that she will sign the bill, however, she could execute a pocket veto if the bill is not signed before Monday June 2.

If signed, HB3399 would be the most thorough removal of Common Core from any state of adoption in the nation to date. The bill:

*Repeals Common Core from state law, creating a framework for standards to be written by Oklahomans over a two year time period.
*Directs a return to the state’s previous standards and tests during the interim.
*Requires the “mastery of the “standard algorithms in math” – the “most logical, efficient way of solving a problem that consistently works,” in attempt to curb the concept of ‘fuzzy math’.
*Requires Oklahoma’s new standards be compared against the Common Core State Standards to ensure they are NOT in alignment.
*Provides legislative review and approval of finalized standards as created through the State Board of Education.
*Prohibits the state Board of Education from entering into any agreements that would in any way cede control or authority of Oklahoma standards or tests.
*Directs standards and tests to be developmentally appropriate.
*Creates a paper and pencil test option in the event online testing creates issues for students.

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