OKLAHOMA CITY - A bill that focuses on the future of a controversial teaching curriculum has just been passed by the Oklahoma State Senate.
The measure that repeals Common Core standards in Oklahoma has passed both the House and the Senate.
The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.
Supporters say the measure gives the state control over its education system and prohibits the federal government from having authority.
However, opponents argue those standards were developed by a group of states, not the federal government.
House Bill 3399 would repeal the Common Core teaching standards in the state and would allow Oklahomans to create new English and math standards.
It would also prevent any direct or indirect federal control over those standards or assessments.
T.W. Shannon, co-author of the bill to repeal Common Core, released the following statement, hailing today’s passage in the state House and Senate.
“One of my top priorities as speaker was to repeal Common Core,” Shannon said. “Today the House and Senate passed a bill that I co-authored to repeal this terrible policy. If the Governor signs it, we can finally say goodbye to Common Core in Oklahoma!”
“The federal government sold Common Core with the promise of increased standards, but instead gave us an inflexible curriculum that does not equip our children for college,” said Shannon. “The federal government has disregarded parental rights, over-regulated teachers, and over-tested our kids. Parents, local governments and teachers are better equipped to meet the needs of their students than the federal government. Parents and teachers are the best leaders for quality education in Oklahoma communities—not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.”
Shannon said, “I’m running for the U.S. Senate to stand up to this government-first, status quo mentality. We can’t afford more of the same thinking that says government is the solution. I fully support the repeal of Common Core in Oklahoma and will continue to fight against it in the United States Senate. By passing this important legislation we took a very important step forward in that fight, but it’s only the beginning. In Washington, I’ll lead the charge to rein in the size, scope, and power of the federal government. We don’t need more failed legislation from the beltway insiders, and that’s why I’m looking forward to bringing the conservative solutions that have worked for us in Oklahoma to Washington, D.C.”
Senators Josh Brecheen and Anothony Sykes agree with Shannon and released the following statements after the approval.
“House Bill 3399 is a true repeal of Common Core and enables us to establish high quality standards specifically crafted to the needs of Oklahoma schools by Oklahomans, not out-of-state interest groups. With this bill, we’re pressing the pause button and guaranteeing to teachers that next year they will be able to teach the same math and English content they taught this year, until new standards are established in 2016. Those new standards will have to be approved by the Legislature thus bringing representative government into the process to ensure they won’t be a ‘copy and paste’ version of common core under a new name.”
“This legislation also adds one more good cause exemption allowing children to be promoted to the 4th grade even if they score unsatisfactory on the 3rd grade reading test, and this language compliments HB 2625, the act we sponsored and passed last week. This bill reflects the requests of parents and educators who have raised valid concerns and prevents unwanted federal interference.” Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate
“Common Core cedes state control over educational standards to the federal government and out-of-state interest groups. This legislation puts Oklahomans back in charge of educating our children. Sen. Brecheen and I were also successful in amending HJR 1097 to repeal the Next Generation Science Standards, which heavily promote global warming alarmism and do not prepare students for work in STEM fields. By advancing these bills to the governor, the Legislature has responded to the concerns of families who feel Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards may not be the best way forward for our schools. It is my hope that the governor will acknowledge those concerns, and sign these bills that restore our authority to establish standards free of federal interference.” Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore