Historic Opportunity for OKLAHOMA and Common Core! SEND a message to Gov. Fallin!

TAKE ACTION!

This could be a HUGE step for Oklahoma and Our Nation!

If Governor Fallin signs HB3399 it would be the most thorough removal of Common Core from any state of adoption in the nation to date. The bill:

*Repeals Common Core from state law, creating a framework for standards to be written by Oklahomans over a two-year time period.
*Directs a return to the state’s previous standards and tests during the interim.
*Requires the “mastery of the “standard algorithms in math” – the “most logical, efficient way of solving a problem that consistently works”, in attempt to curb the concept of ‘fuzzy math’.
*Requires Oklahoma’s new standards be compared against the Common Core State Standards to ensure they are NOT in alignment.
*Provides legislative review and approval of finalized standards as created through the State Board of Education.
*Prohibits the state Board of Education from entering into any agreements that would in any way cede control or authority of Oklahoma standards or tests.
*Directs standards and tests to be developmentally appropriate.
*Creates a paper and pencil test option in the event online testing creates issues for students.

I know this is Memorial Day weekend, but if you could TAKE ACTION ASAP, it could really help. 

We want to jump on this effort before she thinks about it too much!  She has to sign before June 2!

 


As many of you know, HB3399 (the repeal and replacement of Common Core) passed from both the Oklahoma House and Senate by an overwhelming majority Friday the 23rd.  Shortly thereafter, the legislature went Sine Die.  

Governor Fallin has until June 2 to sign HB3399 to sign the bill into law.  If she chooses not to act, the bill will die by pocket veto.

We must begin IMMEDIATELY to ask Governor Fallin to sign this bill into law. 

Here’s what YOU can do:

  1. Copy and paste the letter (you can modify it or write your own as well) into an email.
  2. Send it to Mary.Fallin@gov.ok.gov
  3. CC it to this address pleasesignHB3399@mail.com so that we can keep track of the number of emails sent
  4. If you live in Oklahoma, please also CC your state Representative and Senator so there is a record of the correspondence
  5. If you live outside the state, please identify your state in your correspondence

Please pass this information on.  The more letters we can get to her, the better off we’ll be. Also, please send your emails prior to WED. MAY 28th if possible, so we have time to print them out and give them to her if need be.

If you have any trouble with the email listed, you can also contact Governor Fallin through the Contact page on the state website. There is a place into which you can copy and paste your email.


Thank you so very much for helping Oklahoma with this mission!  We truly must prevail!

Below is an example of a letter you can email to Governor Fallin.  She is the chairman of the National Governors Association.  IF she signs HB3399  it will also send a HUGE message to OUR Governor Matt Mead.  Mead is also a member of the NGA or “Governor’s Club” (as I like to call it). 

Restore Oklahoma Public Education is hoping to print out some of the letters on Wednesday to get to her.

Sample Letter:
Please feel free to change it and/or modify it and please identify your state directly.

 

Dear Governor Fallin,

Oklahoma has the opportunity to set a national precedent – that of breaking the hold over local education exhibited by the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Please do so by signing HB3399.

Since the federal Department of Education began promoting the Common Core via State Fiscal Stabilization Fund and Race to the Top grants, as well as the No Child Left Behind waivers, it has been virtually impossible for individual states who accepted any of these programs to retain local control over their educational standards and tests. This has translated into, not only parental confusion and frustration over testing and assignments, but isolation from their ability to control and direct the education of their child.

While nearly all parents desire and expect educational excellence for their children, this cannot come without parental input and parent/teacher interaction. When teachers spend more time on testing than classroom instruction, students flounder and the bond between teacher, student and parent becomes fragile. Learning is not imparted via testing, but teaching. The desire for their children to exhibit critical thinking is also nearly universal among parents, yet critical thinking skills are not mastered during protracted periods at a computer that better judges how well a child has mastered the use of electronics than has been educated by their own local teacher inside their local classroom.

Though my family does not reside in Oklahoma, like Oklahoma, our state adopted the Common Core State Standards. As many Oklahoma families, our family has experienced the frustration of isolation from our children’s educational process set into motion by implementation of the Common Core.

With your signature on HB3399, you not only allow Oklahoma to create those standards and tests best suited for Oklahoma parents and children, but you set a precedent for our state to follow in creating and adopting our own local standards; those best for our state. By signing HB3399 you not only become a hero to Oklahoma parents and educators, but you provide hope for those in my state as well.

Please sign HB3399. Put public education back into the hands of those whom best it serves – parents and students.

Sincerely,

 

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