OKLAHOMA CITY — A state Senate committee has passed legislation that would limit federal control over so-called Common Core standards for math and English instruction in Oklahoma’s public schools.
The Senate Education Committee voted 11-0 for the measure Monday. The House-passed bill authorizes development of new English and math standards and prohibits the state Board of Education from entering into any contract that would limit state control.
The measure’s author, Sen. Josh Brecheen of Coalgate, said the bill ensures that Oklahoma’s standards exceed those of Common Core without surrendering state control. Under the bill, the Board of Education would work with higher education and Career-Tech officials to adopt new standards by 2015.
Common Core has been criticized by conservative groups concerned about federal takeover of state education.