- Associated Press - Monday, March 21, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - After scrapping the state’s Common Core education standards two years ago amid an outcry from conservative grass-roots groups, the Oklahoma Legislature on Monday put its stamp of approval on new replacement standards.

The House and Senate each passed separate resolutions approving the newly developed education standards in math and English language arts, with some minor technical recommendations. The standards essentially are goals for what students should know at different grade levels.

Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, who met separately Monday with lawmakers from both parties, said she supports the new standards and praised lawmakers for their support.

“These superior standards were written by Oklahomans for Oklahomans and have received letters of support ranging from nationally renowned scholars to leading educators within Oklahoma,” Hofmeister said in a statement. “Today, we believe their voices were heard.”

House Speaker Jeff Hickman wrote the resolution approved Monday in the House on a 60-30 vote.

“This is our chance to get it right,” said Hickman, R-Fairview.

The Senate resolution approved Monday was amended to remove the Oklahoma Legislature from its role approving new standards in the future.

Edmond Republican Sen. Clark Jolley, who wrote the amendment, says members of the Legislature aren’t education experts and have no business tinkering with the state’s standards.

“We don’t need to be in the business of doing this ever again,” Jolley said.

The House and Senate versions still must be reconciled for the standards to receive final legislative approval.



House Joint Resolution 1070: https://bit.ly/1UzKcSm

Senate Joint Resolution 75: https://bit.ly/1Reqxnw

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