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Oklahoma loses ‘No Child Left Behind’ waiver after scrapping Common Core standards

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UPDATED:  Janet Barresi, State Superintendent of schools, announced that the state of Oklahoma will not be losing any federal dollars.

Instead, the state will have adjust the way the funds are spent.

Barresi confirmed that the total amount coming to Oklahoma from USDE is $372,841,126.

Barresi has ordered districts to start making changes to comply immediately with NCLB mandates.

Barresi said teachers should continue to be focused on their students and deliver their best.

Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent, Robert Neu released the following statement:

"I am not surprised by the US Department of Education’s decision to revoke Oklahoma's waiver; this makes the state legislature's decision to repeal Common Core that much more disconcerting. Our state elected leaders knew we had a risk of going back to the failed public policy of No Child Left Behind. Simply put, this is bad for our children. Oklahoma City’s educators are committed to making sure each of our students reaches his or her full potential and I know that our talented and committed staff will continue to serve our children-despite the elected officials inability to do so."

Democrats in the state House of Representatives also found the loss of the federal waiver disappointing.

House Minority Leader Scott Inman issued a statement following the announcement:

“As Oklahomans, we believe that public education is best handled at the local level, by parents, teachers, administrators, state legislators and state education specialists, not by Washington bureaucrats...We are equally disappointed in Governor Fallin and the Republican-dominated Legislature...Their record on education over the past four years has been abysmal: budget cuts, excessive testing of students, and to top it all off, this year the Republicans repealed education standards that they themselves heartily embraced and voluntarily adopted four years ago...We warned the Republicans against moving forward hastily on this issue, without fully considering all of the potential ramifications. As a result, Oklahoma schools are in danger of being taken over by the federal government. Governor Fallin and Republicans in the Legislature warrant a big, fat ‘F’ on the subject of education...Instead of blaming the Obama administration for this fiasco, they need to look in the mirror. That’s where the blame lies.”

Governor Fallin and Republican state legislators “dared the federal government to take over Oklahoma schools,” state Rep. Mike Shelton charged Thursday. “And the feds called their bluff.”

Shelton made that assertion after the Obama administration announced that, because of Oklahoma’s repeal this year of the Common Core educational standards, it would not continue to grant Oklahoma schools a “No Child Left Behind” waiver.

“The GOP virtually invited the federal government to take this step when the Republicans chose to play politics instead of taking care of our children,” the Oklahoma City Democrat said. “I wonder whether our governor wishes now that she hadn’t flip-flopped on Common Core and signed the legislation to scrap it.”

Shelton concluded by reminding his GOP colleagues in the Legislature that No Child Left Behind “was a product of the George W. Bush Administration.”

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OKLAHOMA - The Federal Government announced today, Thursday, that it would not continue to grant Oklahoma schools a No Child Left Behind waiver.

The change in designation came in response to the state's decision to repeal the Common Core State Standards and replace them with college and career ready standards developed by Oklahomans.

As a result of Oklahoma losing its waiver, schools may have to reexamine their budgets to comply with NCLB federal requirements.

Common Core was repealed when the governor signed bipartisan legislation that passed with overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate.

Governor Mary Fallin released a statement regarding the announcement:

“It is outrageous that President Obama and Washington bureaucrats are trying to dictate how Oklahoma schools spend education dollars,” said Fallin. “Because of overwhelming opposition from Oklahoma parents and voters to Common Core, Washington is now acting to punish us. This is one more example of an out-of-control presidency that places a politicized Washington agenda over the well-being of Oklahoma students. I join parents, teachers, and administrators in being outraged by this decision, and I will fight it with every tool available to the state of Oklahoma.”

Fallin said the Obama administration was seeking to replace local and state priorities with a Washington agenda.

The Executive Directors of OSSBA, CCOSA and USSA offered the following remarks:

“The U.S. Department of Education's denial of the waiver request is disappointing but comes as no surprise. This was a foreseeable consequence of the passage of House Bill 3399."

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman today said the federal government’s decision to deny the extension of Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind waiver will punish the state and further an agenda to control schools.

“President Obama and the United States Department of Education have chosen to place politics ahead of the well-being of Oklahomans,” said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “Our education reform efforts have been squarely focused on ushering in higher standards and empowering parents with choice and more ability to direct their children’s education. Unfortunately, the President and Washington bureaucrats have responded with a decision that attempts to place additional burdens on schools.”

“Oklahomans, not Washington bureaucrats, are in the best position to determine how we teach our children,” said Brecheen, R-Coalgate.  “I am confident our repeal of Common Core will result in even higher standards and better educational outcomes, and it is an outrage that the federal government has chosen to punish us for our efforts to strengthen Oklahoma schools. The process for developing new academic standards specifically crafted to the needs of our students is advancing, and we are committed to fighting the federal government’s decision.”

Thursday's  announcement means schools throughout the state could have a change in school improvement designation.

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