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Common Core is no more in Oklahoma after Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 3399 into law, getting rid of educational standards that 40 other states have embraced.
Governor Fallin made the announcement Thursday, saying she is signing the bill to repeal and replace Common Core and instead replace it with education standards designed by the state.
It was passed by the House and Senate on the last day of the legislative session by an overwhelming margin.
Fallin said Oklahoma standards can be better than federal ones.
“We are capable of developing our own Oklahoma academic standards that will be better than Common Core. Now is the time for Oklahomans – parents, citizens, educators, employers and elected officials – to unite behind the common goal of improving our schools. That begins with doing the hard work of building new, more rigorous Oklahoma standards," Fallin said.
Schools will have to follow the standards set before 2010 and adjust to those new benchmarks.
The State Board of Corrections met Thursday to talk about the botched execution of a death row inmate.
Six weeks after Clayton Lockett died from a massive heart attack after a vein failure, board members met in executive session in Stringtown in SE Oklahoma.
However, the board decided to take no action.
Board members were updated on the investigation and discussed a possible lawsuit relating to his death.
After the vein collapsed, the DOC halted the execution, but Lockett still died.
Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson expects the investigation to be finished within weeks.
An adult chain store is expanding to the Metro, making waves as it moves in to town.
Larry Flynt, the owner of Hustler Magazine, is opening Hustler Hollywood on South Meridian. The store is the first in the region and plans to open next week.
But it's not sitting well with some in the area. Their concerns tonight on the Primetime News at Nine!