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Fallin signs bill repealing Common Core

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By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog

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FALLIN KILLS COMMON CORE: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed House Bill 3399, effectively repealling the Common Core in the Sooner State. Watchdog file photo

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin on Thurday (June 5) repealed the state’s controversial Common Core curriculum.

The “federal overreach tainted a Common Core program created with “well-intentioned goals,” Fallin said.  “President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards.”

Common Core State Standards will be replaced with “new, more rigorous standards” by August 2016, according to House Bill 3399 signed by Fallin.

The governor has not decided whether to seek a waiver from federal strictures to support the process defined in the bill, her staff said

“We are capable of developing our academic standard that will be better than Common Core,” Fallin said in a prepared statement after signing the bill .

The federal government might threaten to pull education funds because of Fallin’s repeal, as Common Core supporters warned, but the governor and her spokesman, Alex Weintz, stressed that if the state is deprived of any federal monies, it will be only a portion of the total.

The measure had passed overwhelmingly in both chambers of the Legislature — 78-19 in the House and 31-10 in the Senate, on the final day of the session.

Contact Patrick McGuigan at pmcguigan@watchdog.org .

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Patrick B. McGuigan is bureau chief for the Oklahoma City Bureau of Watchdog.org, and works from the press room at the state Capitol. He is also the editor of CapitolBeatOK, and Associate Publisher of The City Sentinel newspaper. In 2013, The Washington Post blog “The Fix” designated Pat one of the best reporters in Oklahoma. In addition to the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, where he serves as state secretary-treasurer, Pat is a member of the National Press Club and the Tulsa Press Club.

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