ROPE Responds to Fallin’s Executive Order

Restore Oklahoma Public Education responded to the executive order that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed on 12/4/13.  They give a much more detailed response than I did yesterday.

Be sure to check it out.

Below is one excerpt that is going to prompt me to change how I present on the Common Core.  I have said no state legislature voted on the Common Core.  I stand corrected, apparently Oklahoma’s did before they were even released for review:

The Governor uses paragraph four to acknowledge that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are listed by name in Title 70 – in other words, it is LAW that Oklahoma students be educated with Common Core State Standards. She also states the standards were developed through theNational Governor’s Association (NGA – for which she is currently Chair) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). She does not mention these organizations are PRIVATE, DUES-PAID organizations in no way responsible to individual citizens – in essence, she admits the standards were created outside the bounds of representative government. She also does not acknowledge our legislature passed Common Core into law (SB2033[xii]) before the Standards were available to read.

Another money quote: “An Executive Order preventing federal intrusion into an initiative we have been told repeatedly isn’t federal in nature in the first place to seemingly pacify the public, fits the model of tone deaf government officials attempting to quash public dissent in order to continue bad public policy that serves their needs and not that of the public at large.”