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Frustrations rise during meeting about Oklahoma education standards

By KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World Modified: February 21, 2014 at 8:17 am •  Published: February 21, 2014

OWASSO —- Common Core was on the minds of most parents and teachers at an education legislative forum Thursday night, and many were critical of the national curriculum standards that will be fully implemented in Oklahoma next school year. "Here's the problem I have with the Common Core.

"It's the federal government coming into our state and telling us we are going to put our children into this box," said Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso. "It takes our core values and chucks them out the window."

But Sen. John Ford, R-Bartlesville, said the standards don't take away local empowerment at all. "Common Core was passed by the Legislature in 2010, so it has been voted on. I believe the standards are appropriate. I don't think it's fair to go back to districts that have spent money implementing standards and take them down," he said.

A number of people groaned, and one woman yelled out, "If there's poison in your meat, do you still serve it to your kids?"

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