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March 13, 2014

Oklahoma Senate won’t hear Common Core repeal

OKLAHOMA CITY — A legislative attempt to derail a set of education standards in math and English known as Common Core was thwarted Wednesday, but Republican leaders in the Senate have agreed to grant a hearing to a repeal measure being considered in the House.

A plan to repeal the standards was unveiled this week by Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, who voiced concern there are too many unknowns about the new standards, including the potential costs associated with curriculum and testing.

Oklahoma is among 45 states that have adopted the standards, which include basic requirements for students in math and English, but there has been growing opposition to them, especially among some conservative House members.

Brecheen said he shelved his amendment after Senate leaders agreed to grant a committee hearing to any Common Core repeal bill that is sent over from the House.

“This is a tough issue that is of utmost importance to Oklahoma’s parents and future of their children,” Brecheen said. “I have every reason to believe the House will pass a reasonable bill authored by the speaker.”

Adopted in Oklahoma in 2010, the standards are part of an initiative of the National Governor’s Association, which is currently chaired by Gov. Mary Fallin, a strong supporter of Common Core.

But there has been growing concern, especially among grassroots conservatives, that the standards represent a federal takeover of state education.

—AP

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