I was among many happy in our country this week. We were dancing on the tables to see that a bipartisan group had finally passed a Stop Common Core bill in Oklahoma!
But then I learned there is more to the story; the struggle isn’t over there yet. It hangs on one thread called Governor Fallin.
If Oklahoma’s Governor does not sign the bill by June 2nd, it will die.
Common Core would then retain its stranglehold on the students and teachers in that state.
And the situation’s sticky because Governor Fallin happens to be a leading player in that NGA club –the group of (some, not all) governors that co-created and co-copyrighted Common Core in the first place.
If Fallin signs it, she makes enemies at the National Governors’ Association. Can she stand up to that pressure?
That’s why I’m posting the contents of email (below) which I had forwarded to me today. Please put some pressure on Governor Fallin. An email or a phone call can be short but she needs to hear from hundreds of thousands of us before June 2nd.
Her email and her office’s phone number, 405-521-2342 are here. Please influence her to sign the Stop Common Core bill and restore local control to Oklahoma. Thank you.
May 27, 2014
Common Core is on the defensive across the country, but Oklahoma has an opportunity to score the biggest victory against it yet! HB3399 would immediately repeal Common Core and return control of education standards to the state. It has been vetted by opponents of Common Core to ensure that it is a genuine repeal and not a political stunt.
Although this bill passed the state legislature overwhelmingly, Gov. Mary Fallin has not announced her intentions. If she takes no action by June 2, the bill dies. If she signs it, Common Core disappears from Oklahoma.
Gov. Fallin needs to hear from concerned citizens everywhere. Oklahoma students will benefit immediately, but other states will see that repealing Common Core is achievable and will be inspired to follow suit.
Since Gov. Fallin is the chair of the National Governors Association, which is a key supporter of Common Core, her repudiation would seriously damage Common Core’s credibility. This is a matter of national importance, so Gov. Fallin needs to hear from you. Contact her today and urge her to sign HB3399.
Please contact Gov. Fallin by email or by her office’s phone number, 405-521-2342. Tell her to sign HR3399 and end Common Core in Oklahoma. Also, if you have not already done so, sign the petition to Gov. Fallin asking her to oppose Common Core at http://ngaendcommoncore.com/.
Dear Governor Fallin:We urge you to sign HB3399, the bill to repeal Common Core, and replace it with state-based standards. This measure would be a victory for educational quality and accountability all across the nation.
Although I am not an Oklahoma resident, I share the concerns of many Oklahomans that the federal government and private interest groups have taken control of our education system. Their voices are drowning out those of parents and teachers, who are the most invested in the success of our children.
Because HB3399 gives control of education back to the state and communities, we urge you to sign this bill because it has national implications in placing our education system back on the right track.