Common Core bills split Oklahoma Legislature

By BARBARA HOBEROCK - Tulsa World Modified: March 13, 2014 at 9:28 am •  Published: March 13, 2014

The Oklahoma House and Senate went in different directions Wednesday on the Common Core standards that have become a divisive issue for Republicans facing upcoming elections.

While Common Core supporters were successful in talking the Senate out of changing the program, the House voted 78-12 late Wednesday to repeal the Common Core statutes and replace them with homegrown standards that would become effective in the 2016-2017 school year.

Gov. Mary Fallin, who has said she supports Common Core, met with senators on Wednesday, according to several sources. Her office declined to say whether or not she met with senators on the issue.

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