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.”
Meanwhile, several efforts are underway in the state Legislature to modify the standards.
An earlier version of this story stated that the state law that requires children to be held back who fail a third-grade reading proficiency test and don’t meet good-cause exemptions is in Common Core. That law is actually the state Reading Sufficiency Act.
Furthermore, the official title of Amber England is government affairs director for Stand for Children Oklahoma. She was previously misidentified as the government affairs director for The Expect More OK! Coalition.