Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Repeal Of Common Core Standards

Tuesday, July 15th 2014, 8:39 am
By: News On 6

The Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the repeal of Common Core standards, about a month before public school students are scheduled to return to the classroom.

The ruling came in a lawsuit challenging the state legislature's repeal of Common Core education standards for English and math. The court made the ruling after hearing oral arguments in the case.

Parents, teachers and four members of the Oklahoma Board of Education argued state lawmakers violated the board's constitutional authority over the "supervision of instruction in the public schools" when they repealed Common Core standards scheduled to go into effect in the upcoming school year.

The Supreme Court decided otherwise.

Now the Oklahoma State Department of Education is encouraging Oklahoma educators, parents and others interested in public education to consider taking part in the development of new standards for English and math. An online application to get involved can be found here.

Fill out an application here to get involved.

6/5/2014 Related Story: Governor Fallin Signs Bill To Repeal, Replace Common Core Standards

Earlier Tuesday, Tulsa Public School superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard appeared on 6 In The Morning to talk about Common Core and the impact of its repeal on the district.

Ballard said Tulsa Public Schools and other Oklahoma school districts have been moving toward common core with training and textbooks now for several years and with its repeal, school districts have been told to revert back to old standards with just two months notice.

"How do you make a sudden change from your standards that you have woven into the curriculum, that you've paced into the curriculum, -- how do you make a sudden change just immediately?" he asked. "It's really impossible. So, what we've done is we're sticking to higher standards."

The state Board of Education delayed action on whether to implement standards that were in place before the Common Core standards were developed.

Conservative groups maintained that Common Core represents a federal intrusion into Oklahoma's public education system.