TULSA - A group of ten Oklahomans has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn House Bill 3399 in Oklahoma, which repealed Common Core educational standards for Math and Science.
The plaintiffs include parents, teachers, and members of the State Board of Education, several with Tulsa ties.
The group argues that the legislature overstepped its bounds by interfering with educational standards, which they argue is the responsibility of the State Board, according to the Oklahoma Constitution.
Governor Mary Fallin signed HB 3399 into law June 5.
The suit, filed in the Oklahoma Supreme Court Wednesday, does not seek damages.
Instead, it asks the court to settle two issues: "Does HB 3399 allow the Legislature to encroach on the constitutional authority of the Board," and "does the procedure in HB 3399...violate the separation of powers?"
It asks the court to assume jurisdiction, rule that HB 3399 violates the Oklahoma Constitution, and issue a writ of mandamus prohibiting the Department of Education from
Lawmakers, the State itself, and the education department are named in the suit, but it states that "Petitioners do not allege that the State Department of Education has engaged in any unlawful conduct," and names the other parties only in their official capacity.