Skip to comments.Now There Are Three: Oklahoma, South Carolina Join Indiana in Exiting Common Core
Posted on 06/06/2014 8:03:31 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
Common Core is on the chopping block. Oklahoma today became the third state to exit the national education standards and reclaim its decision-making authority in education. The move comes on the heels of South Carolina, which days ago put an end to Common Coresetting precedent for other states to follow.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley quietly signed a bill withdrawing the state from Common Core, but Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, also a Republican, was not shy about stating her reasons for pulling her state from the national standards.
We are capable of developing our own Oklahoma academic standards that will be better than Common Core, Fallin said in a statement released by her office. Unfortunately, federal overreach has tainted Common Core. President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards.
The results are predictable, Fallin added. What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the presidents plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies.
Oklahoma will return to the Priority Academic Student Skills standards, which were in place before Common Core practices were implemented. New standards will be developed by the states Board of Education, Regents for Higher Education, Board of Career and Technology Education and Commerce Department.
Heritage Foundation education analyst Brittany Corona praised Fallins decision, telling The Daily Signal: Governor Fallin has also embraced the opportunity to make Oklahoma a leader in establishing strong state standards that reflect the needs of industry and academia in Oklahoma by rejecting Common Core.
South Carolina and Oklahoma follow Indiana, which Gov. Mike Pence pulled from Common Core in March.
As the third state to exit Common Core, Oklahoma has now sent a clear signal that states are eager to reclaim control over the content taught in local schools, Corona said.
But Michael Petrilli, a spokesman for Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a major advocate of Common Core, didnt see it that way.
Its deeply disappointing that politics have triumphed over whats best for kids in the Sooner State, Petrilli told The Daily Signal. Oklahomas education system will now be thrust into two-plus years of chaos, time that would be better spent on teaching and learning. Then again, Oklahomas leaders have every right to make this decision, ill-advised as it is.
In South Carolina, Haley signed legislation Friday requiring a committee to review and implement a new set of academic standards by the 2015-16 school year. The bill also mandates that schools revert back to the states former assessment tests by 2014-15. Until then, Common Core will remain in effect.
Just as Indiana did in March, South Carolinas actionsexiting the Common Core and reclaiming control of their educational decision-making authorityhave paved a path for other states struggling with the one-size-fits-all national standards to follow, Corona said.
A total of 17 states have pushed back against Common Coreincluding Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia, which declined to sign on rom the beginning. In Missouri, a bill to exit Common Core currently sits on the governors desk for approval.
Update: This report was updated to reflect comments from the Fordham Institute.
Not so fast. After dumping common core Indiana adapted an identical set of standards under a different name. SSDD.
Don’t let these “Brave” Governors BULLSH!T you, what THEY will replace “Common Core” with is JUST as bad.
Shouldn’t the local school districts be able to decide whether or not they use common core?
There are only two ways to get out of Common Core, one is to do away with the Dept of Education, the other is to be free of it’s justification by seceding.
This good news indeed. Even the teachers of Marxist NY State are up in arms about CC - now THAT tells you something.
We can hope, right?
Federal Dept. Of Edumacation,
What a freaken joke.
Waste of any ones money.