The governor signed HB 3399, a bill that replaces the Common Core State Standards in English and math with academic standards to be designed by the state of Oklahoma.
The bill repeals the adoption of Common Core and directs the State Board of Education to create new, more rigorous standards by August 2016.
“All Oklahomans want our children to get a quality education and to live the American Dream. To ensure our children have that opportunity, Oklahoma – and every state—must raise the bar for education standards so that our children can compete worldwide.” Gov. Fallin said.
The state will use the "PASS" standards it used previously while the new standards are being written.
Dr. Keith Ballard, Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools, released the following statement shortly after Governor Fallin signed the bill.
“Whether or not to move forward with Common Core has been a very difficult issue for our state. I would encourage the governor and the secretary of education to start working on new state standards. We know our state needs higher educational standards.” Dr. Ballard said.
Mike Neal, President of the Tulsa Regional Chamber also weighed in on the matter.
“Gov. Fallin’s decision to sign HB 3399 into law is a massive disappointment to the educators, administrators and business leaders who have fought for years to ensure that Oklahoma’s students reap the benefits of internationally-benchmarked but locally-controlled academic standards.” Neal said.