By: Jay Dillon, Senior Digital Content Manager - email
The Oklahoma Supreme Court acted quickly on the state legislature's repeal of Common Core in Oklahoma and has ruled in favor of the state.
The State Supreme Court issued the ruling at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday saying the Legislature had the authority to repeal Common Core education standards for English and math in the state's public schools.
The state's highest court took the action Tuesday a little more than four hours after attorneys presented oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the Legislature's action.
The lawsuit alleged lawmakers violated the state Board of Education's constitutional authority over the "supervision of instruction in the public schools" when they repealed Common Core standards earlier this year. But the Supreme Court's 8-1 decision states the legislation does not violate the state Constitution.
Robert McCampbell, attorney for the petitioners, said they are disappointed with the result, but respect the Court’s decision.
The case was argued about a month before public school students across the state are scheduled to return to classrooms. The repeal was scheduled to go into effect in the upcoming school year.
Gov. Mary Falllin issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision:
“Today the Supreme Court ruled that House Bill 3399, which repeals Common Core and directs the state of Oklahoma to develop new academic standards, is constitutional in its entirety. This bill has now been passed with large legislative majorities, signed by the governor, and reviewed by the courts. It is now time for parents, teachers, school administrators and lawmakers to work cooperatively to implement this law." Fallin said.
New Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu said his district believes the Common Core State Standards provide more rigorous instruction for students to better prepare them for a global society.
"The decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court dismisses the effort and planning our teachers have completed to implement the Common Core State Standards." Neu said. "Now 46,000 OKCPS students and their dedicated teachers must wait for direction on the new academic standards they are held to."
The Oklahoma State Department of Education has set up a website to get the public involved in developing academic standards for English language arts or math. Click here to get involved.