The order also is designed to protect students’ privacy rights by prohibiting the collection or reporting of any information that would violate state or federal privacy laws. In addition, the order stipulates that the new standards affect only public K-12 schools; private schools and home schools “are not under the jurisdiction of the state Department of Education and are not affected by the implementation of any standards adopted by the State.”
“It’s in the best interest of Oklahoma’s children for our state to join the rest of this country in increasing classroom rigor,” Fallin said in a written statement, adding, “It is not, however, in our best interest to allow the federal government, or any organization outside of Oklahoma, to dictate how we teach our children or how we run our public schools.”
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