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Oklahoma repeals Common Core educational standards

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday signed legislation that repeals the Common Core educational standards that were set to take effect in the coming school year.

The bill, overwhelmingly passed in the House and Senate on the final day of the 2014 Legislature, requires the state to return to old standards in place before 2010, according to the Associated Press.

“We are very capable as Oklahomans of developing our own Oklahoma standards to make sure that our children receive the highest quality education possible in our state,” Fallin said.

What’s the Common Core debate all about? In April, we spoke to two sides on the issue: Oklahoma state representatives, Republican Jason Nelson and Democrat Emily Virgin.

Common Core was initiated in 2009 by the nation’s governors, seeking national standards for math and English literacy. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan supported the move, spending $350 million to develop Common Core tests.

More than 40 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards.

Currently more than a dozen states are considering a repeal or a delay in implementation.

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