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Common Core repeal bill in Oklahoma senate committee

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A bill to repeal the Common Core (C3) state standards in Oklahoma will be heard by the Senate Education Committee on Monday, March 24 at 9:00 in the morning. The meeting will be held in room 535 at the State Capitol. The committee is chaired by Senator John Ford.

The bill (HB3399) provides two years to develop alternative educational standards for public schools that will satisfy the State Board of Education. It will provide an alternative to the controversial Common Core standards and provide for more local involvement in generating the standards.

Proponents of Common Core state that the standards set the bar higher for students across the United States. The standards come from the state and not the federal level. Common Core has been proven to be successful where they have been implemented. They also say that teachers will have wasted their time creating lesson plans to meet the new standards.

Opponents of Common Core state that there is too much focus on intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships and not enough on cognition and creativity. The standards of Common Core were actually foisted on the states when they applied for waivers from No Child Left Behind to be able to keep their federal education dollars. The standards have not been in place long enough for them to have been proven to be effective.

For information on how to contact Oklahoma state senators, go to the Oklahoma Legislature website. For additional information supporting Common Core, go to the Expect More Coalition or Stand for Children Oklahoma. For additional information about problems with Common Core, go to Freedom Project Education or Restore Oklahoma Public Education.

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