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Okla. Governor Weighs Whether to Sign Bill to Repeal Common Core

By Erik W. Robelen — May 28, 2014 1 min read

By guest blogger Catherine Gewertz. Cross-posted from Curriculum Matters.

Oklahoma is teetering on the edge of repealing its adoption of the Common Core State Standards. A bill passed by the state legislature to revoke the standards is now awaiting action by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Whether she’ll sign the measure is an open question. The Republican chief executive has been a strong supporter of the standards. Fallin has said that she’s considering the bill, and is taking input before making her decision, according to the Tulsa World. The governor has 15 days to sign the measure, but she could also allow it to become law by taking no action.

House Bill 3399 calls for the state to create new standards by Aug. 1, 2016. According to the Associated Press, the Oklahoma House voted 71-18 in favor of the bill on Friday. The Senate passed it 31-10 and sent it to Gov. Fallin.

News reports on the debate in the two chambers showed a wide variety of concerns about the bill, from fears of federal overreach to concerns that revoking the standards could threaten Oklahoma’s waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act. Some lawmakers are also worried that putting a new set of standards in place now would be disruptive for educators and students, since common-core implementation had already begun in many Oklahoma districts.

As we reported recently, Oklahoma is one of a handful of states considering reversing their decisions to adopt the standards. Missouri and South Carolina were also thinking about it as of last week. And Indiana, of course, has already undone its adoption.

The passage of H.B. 3399 marks the second time this month that the state legislature has been at odds with Gov. Fallin on an education issue. It just overrode her veto of legislation that allows 3rd graders to be promoted to 4th grade even though they failed the state’s standardized reading test.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the State EdWatch blog.

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