Originally Sent: 5/30/2014
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Urgent Calls Needed: Tell Gov. Mary Fallin to Stop Common Core
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
On May 23, the Oklahoma Legislature passed House Bill 3399 which would withdraw the Sooner State from the Common Core State Standards Initiative and set in place a transparent procedure for Oklahoma to draft its own standards for use in public schools. This legislation is now on Governor Mary Fallin’s desk. She has until Saturday, June 7, to sign or veto H.B. 3399. If she does nothing, the bill will die.
Please contact Governor Fallin immediately and respectfully urge her to sign H.B. 3399 to withdraw Oklahoma from the Common Core. You can call Governor Fallin at her office at (405) 521-2342, or contact her online here.
There is no need to identify yourself as a homeschooler, but you may wish to in order to show the breadth of opposition to the Common Core. Even if you are not an Oklahoma resident, we encourage you to contact Governor Fallin because the Common Core’s attempt to become a national set of standards, curricula, and tests has the potential to impact every student in every state. Your message can be as simple as the following:
“Please sign H.B. 3399 into law to withdraw Oklahoma from the Common Core. Parents, teachers, and local school officials—not education specialists far removed from the classroom—should be in charge of deciding what and how children learn. The Common Core was rushed into law in many states without any public input. H.B. 3399 is needed to reassert local control over education.”
If Governor Fallin signs H.B. 3399 into law, Oklahoma will become the second state to withdraw from the Common Core (Indiana was the first), and Oklahoma will join Texas, Nebraska, Virginia, Alaska, Minnesota, and Indiana as states which have rejected the Common Core (Minnesota adopted the English Language Arts section of the Common Core). If Oklahoma decides to reject the Common Core, it would be a huge momentum boost in other states which are fighting against the Common Core.
Governor Fallin is also the chair of the National Governors Association, one of the entities which helped to establish the Common Core. If she signs into law a bill rejecting the Common Core in her state, it would signal that the National Governors Association may be stepping away from using its position to push controversial, top-down education proposals in the states. An open letter has been sent to Governor Fallin urging her to reject the Common Core. While Governor Fallin is a strong supporter of homeschool freedom, she has been very quiet on her position on the Common Core.
J. Michael Smith, Esq.
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