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This is Huge: Common Core Repealed in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov Mary Fallin

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has now signed HB 3399, the bill conservatives in the Oklahoma legislature pushed through to withdraw the state from Common Core. Oklahoma now joins Indiana in withdrawing from the “Obamacore” program.

This huge because Governor Fallin now heads the National Governors Association and the NGA was one of the organizations involved in the shadowy effort started in 2009 that led to the creation of Common Core.

In comments to the Oklahoman, reported by Rick Green and Tim Willert, Jenni White, president of Restore Oklahoma Public Education, praised the governor’s decision.

In echoes of the arguments in support of Republicans standing tall and defunding Obamacare White said, “We are extremely pleased… One more year of Common Core would have implanted it so firmly, it would have been very much harder to get rid of.”

While sold as rigorous standards that would advance critical thinking when they were adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, Common Core has resulted in forcing a curriculum heavy on liberal ideology, the promotion of alternative lifestyles and the elevation of pornography, such as Toni Morrison’sThe Bluest Eye, to the status of literature. (For more on that see our article “Stop the Common Core Porn and F-Bombs in Your School”)

State Representative T.W. Shannon, the conservative choice in the Oklahoma GOP Senate primary, praised the state’s withdrawal from Common Core, “The federal government has disregarded parental rights, over-regulated teachers, and over-tested our kids. Parents, local governments and teachers are better equipped to meet the needs of their students than the federal government.”

Now here’s another reason why Fallin’s signature on the Common Core withdrawal bill is really important – Governor Fallin signed the bill even though there is a possibility that Oklahoma may lose federal money by withdrawing from Common Core.

At the news conference announcing she signed the bill Fallin said,“President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards.”

She explained that the federal government provides financial incentives for states that use Common Core.

“Many people have seen that as taking away states’ rights, local control over education, and trying to impede upon our state’s ability to develop standards that we think are best for our children,” Fallin said.

Asked whether this means Oklahoma could lose federal money, the governor said:

“There’s a possibility; we won’t know until that happens.”

Finally, a Governor who is unafraid to stand up to federal bullying.

“We cannot ignore the widespread concern of citizens, parents, educators and legislators who have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma’s public schools,” Fallin said.

While Governor Fallin was heavily lobbied by the usual establishment suspects, such as the Chamber of Commerce, she chose to stand with Oklahoma’s students, parents and taxpayers.

Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, one of House authors of HB 3399 got it right when he told Barbara Hoberock of The Tulsa World that Governor Fallin made “made the tough but right decision.” We agree.

To make a stand against Common Core please sign our petition “No Common Core F-Bombs, No Common Core Pornography In Our Schools” today.

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