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June 3, 2014

OUR VIEW: Fallin should stick to core values

STILLWATER, Okla. — Gov. Mary Fallin must stand up for Common Core, and veto legislation that repeals the math and English standards.

The governor has until Saturday to sign bills into law. If she doesn't sign a bill by the deadline, the legislation dies. The procedure is commonly called a pocket veto.

Fallin has been a longtime proponent of Common Core. State officials and many educators have been transitioning to Common Core standards for approximately four years.

Many were ready to make the switch this fall before conservative Republican legislators and a public backlash caused the legislature to create a bill repealing Common Core standards in favor of standards created by the state Board of Education with legislative oversight.

The major push of Common Core is creating unified curriculums across the state and nation, which will allow an eighth-grader, for example, to cover the same educational ground from Altus to Stillwater or Alaska to Utah.

It also doesn't make sense to switch horses in midstream. Many public school districts, including Stillwater, have been preparing teachers for the Common Core switch for years, and are ready to implement the standards.

Now, all the preparation could be for naught, and Oklahoma will retrace its steps and start over.

The state Board of Education would have to draft standards and legislators would approve them. Then, Oklahoma's educators have to be trained how to implement the new standards.

What a terrible waste of time, money and effort.

So, Gov. Fallin, will you bow to the radical right in your party and sign the bill to repeal Common Core? Will you sign the bill to repeal in order to have a better chance of re-election?

Or will you stand by your belief that Common Core is best for the children in Oklahoma and the nation, realizing that students attend many schools during their lifetime because we live in a transient society?

 

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