Oklahoma Makes Huge Decision on Common Core

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill to repeal Common Core standards in the state on Thursday, saying Oklahomans are “capable of developing our own academic standards that will be better than Common Core.”

The state is now clear to formulate new English and math standards specifically tailored for Oklahoma students.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

“Now is the time for Oklahomans – parents, citizens, educators, employers and elected officials – to unite behind the common goal of improving our schools. That begins with doing the hard work of building new, more rigorous Oklahoma standards,” Fallin said.

Common Core was created with “that well-intentioned goal in mind,” she added, but “federal overreach has tainted” the controversial state standards.

“President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. The results are predictable,” the governor continued. “What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the president’s plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies.”