TULSA - The Oklahoma Supreme Court took only a few hours to issue a decision in a lawsuit brought to try to overturn a decision by the legislature to repeal Common Core educational standards, ruling that the legislature was within its rights to pass that bill.
Many of the same educators who fought hard to get Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi out of office -- successfully, as it turned out -- filed suit to keep Common Core standards for Mathematics and English, which were scrapped by the legislature.
Some see Common Core as a federal grab for control of local educational decisions.
A groundswell of opposition led the state to revoke Common Core, but educators had spent years training, preparing the curricula, and buying the books and other materials necessary to implement the standards.
Now, less than a month before students return to class, it appears the state will revert back to its old PASS standards until new ones can be written.
The plaintiffs' attorney had argued that the legislature overstepped its authority by overruling the State Board of Education.
Oklahoma Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick, though, countered that the legislature makes the laws, and ultimately determines the rules by which the BOE and other entities must operate.
Tulsa Public Schools spokesman Chris Payne told KRMG the district spent a lot of time, energy, and money preparing for Common Core.
He expressed disappointment at all the misinformation that was spread via social media about Common Core.
And, he said no matter what form they take or what they're called, Oklahoma needs higher educational standards in order to prepare students for college and the work force.