Sunday, May 25, 2014

Adding blue . . .

The map below from Education Week shows Indiana, the first state to pull back from the Common Core State Standards in blue.  In the article it identifies two additional states, Missouri and South Carolina as the next states to possibly join Indiana.  What wasn't shared was the possibility of Oklahoma becoming the next state which happened on Friday when lawmakers sent a bill to the governor repealing the standards.  

If the governor signs there will then be two states with others seriously considering the same action. Just how blue will this map get and what will it mean to the federal education department's drive for common standards and common assessments?

I found the following statement from a co-sponsor of the bill interesting.

But instead, said Shannon, with Common Core "the federal government has disregarded parental rights, over-regulated teachers, and over-tested our kids. Parents, local governments and teachers are better equipped to meet the needs of their students than the federal government. Parents and teachers are the best leaders for quality education in Oklahoma communities — not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C."

It appears that their legislature is also moving forward on repealing the Next Generation Science Standards.

Sykes, meanwhile, said he and Breechen also succeeded in amending another bill to repeal Next Generation Science Standards, which "heavily promote global warming alarmism and do not prepare students for work in STEM fields.

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