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May 23, 2014

OK lawmakers kill Common Core standards

Vote was overwhelming

OKLAHOMA CITY — OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature has voted overwhelmingly to repeal standards for math and English instruction that more than 40 states have adopted and to replace them with standards developed by the state.

The House voted 71-18 Friday to reject the Common Core standards. The Senate then passed the bill 31-10 and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature.

Supporters say it prohibits the federal government from having authority over state education standards. Rep. Jason Nelson of Oklahoma City says state educators want to control Oklahoma education standards regardless of whether it makes sense to the federal government.

But opponents say the standards were developed by a group of states, not the federal government. Rep. Ed Cannaday of Porum says the bill politicizes education.

 

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