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Oklahoma lawmakers receive petitions backing Common Core education standards

A group backing Oklahoma’s Common Core education standards presented state lawmakers Wednesday with more than 7,000 electronic signatures obtained through an Internet petition asking for continued support of the stiffer education standards.
by Randy Ellis Published: March 5, 2014
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A group supporting Oklahoma’s Common Core education standards presented state lawmakers Wednesday with more than 7,000 electronic signatures asking for continued support of the stiffer education standards.

The signatures were obtained through an Internet petition circulated by a group called The Expect More OK! Coalition.

The Common Core standards, adopted by the Legislature in 2010, have been extremely controversial.

A group protesting the standards previously appeared at the state Capitol.

Amber England, governmental affairs director of Stand for Children Oklahoma, said petitioners wanted to show the Legislature that there is a lot of support for Common Core among Oklahoma parents, teachers and business organizations.

“The signatures represent a cross-section of Oklahomans,” England said, adding they “all believe that we need to stand strong in our support for Common Core.”

“It’s really unfortunate that there has been such a misinformation campaign around Common Core,” she said. “If people who are so loudly opposed to Common Core would go speak to teachers and hear the amazing things that teachers have to say about Common Core, I think that they would be better served.”

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative 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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