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Speaker Shannon and Conservative Leadership Take a Stand Against Federal Intrusion into Child Education

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Speaker T.W. Shannon and House Republican Leadership announced a measure that will halt the federal intrusion of Common Core in Oklahoma Public Schools today.

House Bill1719 repeals the 2010 law requiring Common Core to be implemented by Oklahoma school districts. The measure will also prohibit the Oklahoma Department of Education from enacting new regulations concerning Common Core without legislative approval. The state will also cease to seek any further waivers or federal funds that are conditioned on Common Core.

“The more information we learn about Common Core, the more it appears to be another vehicle for federal control of our public education system,” said Speaker Shannon, R-Lawton. “I have become increasingly concerned about this issue, and today I’m announcing legislation that will be the first step in putting an end to federal intrusion into our education system.”

The Obama Administration has been pushing states to adopt Common Core standards. The federal government has created incentives for adopting such standards, but with those funds come heavy mandates that increase costs for school districts.

“As lawmakers, we must ensure that quality standards are applied when it comes to the education of our children,” said Speaker Shannon, R-Lawton. “One-Size-Fits-All solutions from Washington, D.C. allow the federal government to have a hand in the level of opportunity and achievement our children can reach. The House of Representatives has a unique opportunity to lead and say no to federal control of our education system, no to yet another over-reach from the Obama Administration.”

“On- Size-Fits-All solutions from Washington, D.C. have done little to improve the quality of life of Americans or the education of our children,” said Representative Dennis Casey, the author of HB 1719. “We must work to create standards that allow our children to excel.”

HB 1719 must go through conference committee and be approved by both chambers before going to the desk of Gov. Fallin to be signed into law.