Democratic candidate for Oklahoma governor criticizes common core

Published: February 26, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Joe Dorman is criticizing a set of national educational standards in math and English known as common core.

The Rush Springs Democrat criticized the standards Wednesday as “an unfunded nightmare.” Dorman is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

The standards are part of an initiative of the National Governors Association, which is currently chaired by Fallin. They have been adopted in 45 states, including Oklahoma, but there has been growing opposition to them, especially among conservatives.

Dorman says he’s concerned the standards are being driven by out-of-state interests and about the costs associated with the required testing that accompanies common core.

Fallin signed an executive order in December in support of the common core standards.