Oklahoma Legislature votes to scrap Common Core academic standards

A bill to scrap Oklahoma’s Common Core academic standards was approved Friday by the Oklahoma Legislature and now goes to Gov. Mary Fallin.
by Randy Ellis Modified: May 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014
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A bill to scrap Oklahoma’s Common Core academic standards was approved overwhelmingly Friday by the Legislature.

The vote was 71-18 in the House and 32-9 in the Senate. The measure now goes to the governor.

The bill calls for new Oklahoma academic standards to be developed by the state Board of Education, working in consultation with the State Regents for Higher Education, the State Board of Career and Technology Education and the state Commerce Department.

The bill calls for the state to revert to academic standards in place before 2010 while new standards are being developed. The pre-2010 standards were known as Priority Academic Student Skills, or PASS.

Common Core has become a hot-button issue at the Legislature this session, with parents and educators lobbying lawmakers on both sides of the issue.

Proponents of Common Core standards, including the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, have praised the rigor of the standards as being necessary to prepare students for college and careers.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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