You thought Common Core was confusing, wait until you see plan creating new academic standards

OKLAHOMA CITY – Plans to develop new academic standards for Oklahoma classrooms have hit a snag.

Today the state board of education got a first look at how the new standards could be drawn up following the repeal of Common Core, but in the end, the board refused to move forward.

Four of those board members, Amy Ford, Bill Shdeed, Daniel Keating and Leo Baxter signed on to a lawsuit seeking to reinstate Common Core.

“The whole thing is just a mistake,” said Bill Shdeed.

The lawsuit claims the Oklahoma legislature violated the Oklahoma constitution getting involved in classroom curriculum.

“The point of the lawsuit is we think the legislature overreached,” said Shdeed.

“My main concern was the overreach of the legislature into the business of this board,” said Ford.

In order to replace Common Core, a complicated timeline shows the lengthy process designed to draw up new academic standards.

The goal is to adopt the changes by March 2016, but board members took no action until the lawsuit can be decided.

“If it gets reversed where are we?” said Shdeed. “We just reversed what we had so it’s too early to vote on that.”

“Moving forward on new standards, depending on what the court does, could very well be moot,” said Ford.

The lawsuit has been sent directly to the state Supreme Court.

The hope is to settle the issue in the next couple of months, before schools resume in August.


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