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Friday, September 05, 2014

Common Core Strikes Out in Oklahoma

Common Core is widely opposed for how it deprives parents of local control over education. But parents in Oklahoma have one less thing to worry about when they send their children back to school this year, thanks to the action taken by the Oklahoma legislature which was then successfully defended before the Oklahoma Supreme Court. On July 15th, the OK Supreme Court upheld the legislature’s complete repeal of Common Core standards by an 8-1 decision, in Pack v. Oklahoma.

Earlier in the year, the Oklahoma legislature passed a bill, repealing Common Core in the state. For days, it was unclear whether Gov. Mary Fallin would sign the repeal into law. A groundswell of calls by citizens opposed to Common Core poured into her office, and she eventually signed the repeal. She explained why: “Unfortunately, federal overreach has tainted Common Core. President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards.”

At that point, it appeared that Common Core was banished from Oklahoma, but the OK Board of Education audaciously tried to bring it back in time for this school year. The board brought an extraordinary lawsuit to demand that the state’s Supreme Court reinstate Common Core. Their argument was that the legislature acted contrary to the state constitution in passing the repeal. They asserted that only they, the state Board, had the power to get rid of the program. This was an extraordinary demand from an unelected board to an unelected court, trying to overturn a decision made by the state’s popularly elected legislators.

Within a few hours – record time for a supreme court – the OK Supreme Court sided with the legislature and ordered the previous standards to be returned into place. Oklahoma citizens can now send their children back to schools that do not teach Common Core.

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