Oklahoma tosses Common Core education standards

By Kyle Johnson,

Oklahoma officially ditched the Common Core education standards on Thursday when Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that will require the state to institute a new curriculum within the next two years.

Until August 2016, the state will go back to the previously used standards that were in place for seven years before Common Core was instituted in 2010, reports The Wall Street Journal. The state now has about two years to develop a new education standard.

"We are capable of developing our own Oklahoma academic standards that will be better than Common Core," the governor said in a statement. "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."

According to The Associated Press, Fallin repealing Common Core, which has been implemented in 40 other states, is an interesting move considering she is the chairwoman of the National Governors Association, which helped devise the standards in the first place.

Schools in the state must now prepare to revert back after previously planning on instituting Common Core, which was set to be used in the coming school year. State education officials say that about 60 percent of Oklahoma school districts had already made the change.

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