Morning Consult released a poll of America’s most and least popular governors, and outgoing Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is at the bottom of the list with a 74 percent unfavorability rating. There are all sorts of reasons for this, but one of the reasons why Fallin, a Republican governor in a red state, is so unpopular was her tepid response to efforts to repeal Common Core.
In 2013, just as the fight to end Common Core in Oklahoma really began to heat up, Fallin sought to end the drama via an executive order that basically said, “Hey, this isn’t a really big deal, Oklahoma will always have its own standards, drive on without changing course.” Since she was the grand master of the National Governors Association at the time, which had been key in creating and pushing Common Core, no one involved in the repeal effort was shocked, but the level of double-speak and hyperbole in the document was gross.
After waiting until the very last minute to sign the Common Core repeal bill the legislature passed in 2014, a majority of Fallin’s appointed state school board members filed a lawsuit to stop the repeal based on the premise that it was unconstitutional to allow the state legislature to approve educational standards, making collusion between the governor and the school board to thwart Common Core repeal seem a likely scenario. Yick.