The Oklahoma Supreme Court Wednesday upheld Governor Mary Fallin’s repeal of Common Core standards for English and math
The Sooner State’s high court voted 8 to 1 for Fallin in a lawsuit brought by Common Core supporters.
The case was argued about a month before public school students resume classes, Foxnews.com reported. The standards would have gone into effect this school year.
HB 3399 requires the board to revert to educational standards in place before June 2010 and to create new state educational standards by 2016.
Some Common Core supporters worry that Oklahoma students will lag behind those in other states because of the repeal. McCampbell held during oral arguments that the repeal marked an “unprecedented expansion” of the legislature’s powers.
Restore Oklahoma Public Education, headed by Jenni White, an outspoken opponent of Common Core, was among the parties filing amicus briefs in this case.
White has criticized the lawsuit for ignoring a constitutional provision that vests lawmakers with the authority to prescribe the powers and duties of the Oklahoma Board of Education.
Petitioners who brought the lawsuit said the legislature overstepped its bounds and infringed upon the state Board of Education’s power to set school standards. With the repeal, legislators can amend, make recommendations, or disapprove of the standards the board has created.
The lawsuit came after the National Association of State Boards of Education sent a letter to Fallin in May alleging similar legal concerns about the repeal bill she was about to sign.
— Celina Durgin is a Franklin Center intern at National Review Online.