The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a law repealing Common Core academic standards is constitutional, rejecting a claim that the Legislature overstepped its authority by giving itself the power to draft new benchmarks.
The ruling came a few hours after the court took oral arguments on a lawsuit contending the new law violated separation of powers provisions in the Oklahoma Constitution.
The state argued that House Bill 3399, which was signed into law in June by Gov. Mary Fallin, was constitutional. An attorney for the state said it fell squarely within the framework of Constitutional provisions giving the Legislature broad power to set rules and to supervise.
With the school year set to begin in a month, teachers, parents and students have a direct stake in the court ruling. This was one of the most controversial bills passed in the 2014 legislative session.
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