Oklahoma Governor & Speaker of the House Stonewall Common Core Bill

oklahoma state capitolFrom Jenni White of Restoring Oklahoma Public Education (ROPE) via email:

So here’s the deal, the governor and the superintendent had a meeting with legislators this morning and apparently told them not to pass anything against her education “reforms” including the common core!

Our author of the task force bill, hb1907, Gus Blackwell, was told by speaker T.W. Shannon this morning, “we don’t need to re-hash this now” to which Gus said, “we never hashed it in the first place”, but it didn’t matter…Shannon is saying he won’t release the bill to the calendar committee for even a vote to go to the floor!!!

We’re trying to rally the troops right now, but I’m not sure what we can do. Our state is redder than red, but actually, that’s a blue that just LOOKS more like red….

…PLEASE CALL MARY FALLIN’S OFFICE AT 405-521-2342 AND SPEAKER T.W. SHANNON’S OFFICE AT 405-557-7374 AND TELL THEM TO HEAR HB1907!!!!!

Update:

From Jenni…

Just got an update. Governor Fallin told Speaker Shannon early on not to hear any common core bills. She is protecting our superintendent because they are friends! Seriously! Speaker has offered our author an in-depth interim study to be controlled by him over a number of days. We won’t get a bill passed because our Republican governor will stop it, so we have no choice. I told Gus we needed a date asap or we’d keep the phone calls coming! What a pile of steaming dog doo! Our bill would pass and they know it and it would embarrass our governor because she’s backed Barresi. She knows the state can’t stand her but she doesn’t care. How crazy is that? So we’re without a bill but might have an in-depth interim study….see how red Oklahoma is?

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