Update: Oklahoma Supreme Court rules on lawsuit over repealing public education standards
Update: 3:30 p.m. – The Oklahoma Supreme Court rules on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the repeal of Common Core as the education standard in Oklahoma.
According to court documents, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the law repealing Common Core is constitutional.
This means Oklahoma will adopt new standards for public schools.
Gov. Mary Fallin issued the following statement, regarding the court’s decision.
“Today the Supreme Court ruled that House Bill 3399, which repeals Common Core and directs the state of Oklahoma to develop new academic standards, is constitutional in its entirety. This bill has now been passed with large legislative majorities, signed by the governor, and reviewed by the courts. It is now time for parents, teachers, school administrators and lawmakers to work cooperatively to implement this law. We need all parties working together to ensure that Oklahoma’s new standards are rigorous and can be realistically integrated into the classroom. Working together, I know that we can design Oklahoma standards that live up to a level of excellence our parents and students expect and deserve.”
State Rep. Jason Nelson issued the following statement in regards to the ruling.
“The confusion caused by this lawsuit has been unfortunate as educators around the state have been busy preparing for the next school year, which is weeks away. The Court’s opinion today removes any uncertainty. Based on the many educators I know personally, I have no doubt that Oklahoma’s teachers are more than capable of making the necessary adjustments and will be more than ready when children, mine included, begin showing up after the summer break.”
State Sen. Josh Brecheen also issued a statement, saying, “One of the Justices correctly pointed out, that the authors of Oklahoma’s Constitution were concerned about the potential for abuse by non-elected, unaccountable appointees of the Executive branch, and so ensured the will of the people would be upheld through legislative oversight, which is exactly what HB 3399 will allow concerning education in our state.”
State Sen. Anthony Sykes said, “I am pleased with today’s opinion in favor of House Bill 3399. The Oklahoma Constitution is abundantly clear in granting the Legislature the authority contained in HB 3399. The lawsuit brought by the plaintiffs is a textbook example of a “frivolous” lawsuit. I look forward to working further with Senator Brecheen, Representative Nelson and other like- minded conservative legislators in returning Oklahoma education to Oklahomans.”
OKLAHOMA CITY – All eyes are on the Oklahoma Supreme Court as the justices are expected to make a decision on the controversial Common Core curriculum.
Back in June, Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill repealing the nationwide education standards, but a group of parents, teachers, and state school board members, says that bill is unconstitutional.
There is less than a month before school gets back in session and the state supreme court is left to decide before the school bell rings.
Oral arguments in the case are set to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Back in May, the State Department of Education wiped Common Core from Oklahoma after the governor signed the bill to repeal it, but there are concerns that Oklahoma students will fall behind because of this step back.
The legislation repealing Common Core accuses lawmakers of violating the state school board’s constitutional authority of the supervision of instruction in the public schools.
The group is asking the board to revert to educational standards in place before June 2010 and develop new state educational standards by 2016.