Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) signed a bill yesterday that repealed the Common Core academic standards from her state, which ranks as one of the lowest in the nation for education.
Gov. Mary Fallin, who used to support Common Core, could not say exactly why she was repealing Common Core, which was created by the bi-partisan National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Gov. Fallin blamed President Obama and nameless "Washington bureaucrats" for somehow tainting Common Core, but provided no proof or details.
“Unfortunately, federal overreach has tainted Common Core. President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. The results are predictable,” stated Gov. Fallin, noted Politico.
Gov. Fallin then said that people have (falsely) claimed that Common Core is President Obama's plan, which it has never been.
“What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the president’s plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies,” added Gov. Fallin. “We are capable of developing our own Oklahoma academic standards that will be better than Common Core."
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However, Gov. Fallin did not say why Oklahoma had failed to do so already or what specifically she objected to in the Common Core curriculum.
According to Education Week's 2014 "Quality Counts" state rankings, Oklahoma was the 9th worst state in education. Gov. Fallin's state scored especially low in "K-12 achievement, chance for success and school finance."
The rankings were very similar for 2013.
When banning Common Core this week, Gov. Fallin admitted the very phrase "Common Core" offended people, which apparently was enough reason to repeal it.
“The words ‘Common Core’ in Oklahoma are now so divisive that they have become a distraction that interferes with our mission of providing the best education possible for our children,” claimed Gov. Fallin.