Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday signed a bill that repeals Common Core in the state, saying that she could not overlook the concerns of parents and educators.
“We are capable of developing our own Oklahoma academic standards that will be better than common core,” Fallin said in a news release. “Now is the time for Oklahomans — parents, citizens, educators, employers and elected officials — to unite behind the common goal of improving our schools. That begins with doing the hard work of building new, more rigorous Oklahoma standards.”
Anti-Common Core group Restore Oklahoma Public Education (ROPE) wrote on its blog, “Oklahoma now has the opportunity to lead the nation as never before in creating new education standards to propel Oklahoma students onto a path of excellence. ROPE looks forward to assisting in that journey in any way.”
The state board of education will develop a new set of educational standards in association with the State Regents for Higher Education, the State Board of Career and Technology Education and the state Commerce Department.