Oklahoma Senate Leader Says Legislature Should Stay Away from Writing New Academic Standards

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Oklahoma Senate Leader Says Legislature Should Stay Away from Writing New Academic Standards


Hoberock, Barbara, Tulsa World (Tulsa, OK)


OKLAHOMA CITY -- The leader of the Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday said lawmakers should not be involved in writing new academic standards.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman's comments were made during a public affairs forum featuring legislative leaders in Oklahoma City. It was sponsored by the State Chamber.

The state is rewriting academic standards after lawmakers and Gov. Mary Fallin repealed the Common Core standards that some criticized as a national education plan that reduced local control.

Supporters said universal standards were needed to ensure all children had the same knowledge base and there was equal rigor across the system.

Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said he didn't want the Legislature involved in writing the standards, something that is better left to the experts, he said. The Legislature needs to focus on getting more money into the classroom, he said.

Whatever standards are developed will ultimately come back to lawmakers for their "stamp of approval," Bingman said.

House Democratic Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, said the Common Core standards adopted and then repealed by lawmakers became a "political football," causing uncertainty for districts.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, said there continues to be a lot of talk at the Capitol about tax incentives, tax credits and a possible overhaul of the tax system. …

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