UPDATE 3/12/14 – The Senate Floor Leader announced today that the Senate will not hear Senate Bill 1764.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Schulz said that the bill has been amended several times to include dramatic changes to the education policy and none of which were filtered though the traditional committee process.
The Senate stated that they will continue to work with the House and executive leadership on language to ensure that policy changes are carefully considered and vetted by all interested parties as to avoid unintended consequences.
Senator Josh Brecheen said that the Senate Education Chairman assured them that a bill that addresses Common Core and passes the House floor will receive a hearing in his committee”
Two Oklahoma Senators looking to put a stop to Common Core
Two Oklahoma State Senators are looking to put a hold on practicing Common Core in Oklahoma schools.
Senators Josh Brecheen and Anthony Sykes have filed an amendment to Senate Bill 1764 that will address the growing concern with Common Core education standards.
According to reports, the amendment:
- Orders the State Board of Education to remove alignment with the K-12 Common Core State Standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
- Prohibits Oklahoma from entering into any agreement, memorandum of understanding or contract with any federal agency or private entity which in any way cedes or limits state discretion or control over the establishment, development, review or amendment of academic content standards, teaching standards, student assessments or student data in the public school system.
- Establishes the Local Curriculum Standards Pilot Program. The purpose of the Pilot Program shall be to allow experimentation of curriculum standards as long as they meet or exceed Oklahoma state curriculum standards, thus allowing parents and local school boards broader control over student learning.
Senator Brecheen states that it would be to risky to apply the Common Core standards on Oklahoma schools.
“There are too many unknowns concerning the rigor, impact and implementation costs of the Common Core standards … With ample warning signs and our children’s involvement in this grand experiment, I believe common sense is to apply the brakes on Common Core.”
Since being adopted in 2010, many have been trying to appeal common core, while others believe that Oklahoma teachers just need more tine to adjust.