June 10, 2014

Your Phone Calls Did It! Oklahoma Governor
Signs Bill Ending Common Core!

William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations

Will Estrada has been leading our efforts to defend homeschooling on Capitol Hill since 2006. As the oldest of eight kids, and a homeschool graduate who married a homeschool graduate, he has a passion for protecting homeschool freedom. Read more >>

On June 5, Governor Mary Fallin signed H.B. 3399 into law—withdrawing Oklahoma from the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and allowing the state to adopt its own public education standards. The new law makes Oklahoma the eighth state to reject CCSSI (Alaska, Texas, Nebraska, Virginia, and Minnesota never adopted the Common Core, and Indiana and South Carolina* have also recently withdrawn from it.)

Governor Fallin issued a strongly worded press release, saying that “federal overreach has tainted the Common Core” and affirming her commitment to make sure that H.B. 3399’s state-designed replacement standards will be “rigorous” and ‘exceptional.” This statement is particularly significant in light of the fact that Fallin also chairs the National Governors Association, which helped spearhead CCSSI’s creation and adoption.

Strong Stand

HSLDA applauds Governor Fallin for signing H.B. 3399 and taking a strong stand against the federal government’s efforts to control learning. She joins Governor Mike Pence (Indiana) and Governor Nikki Haley (South Carolina) as key figures in the fight to stop the Common Core and its attempt to nationalize education. These three governors—along with the leaders in the five states that never adopted the Common Core—rightly understand that educational decisions should be made at the state and local level where policy makers are accountable to parents.

We believe that one of the main reasons Governor Fallin took this strong stand is because you responded to our nationwide alert last week asking for calls and emails to her office.

We encourage you to take a moment to thank Governor Fallin for signing H.B. 3399 into law and for standing against the Common Core. You may email her here, or call her office at (405) 521-2342 to leave her a voice message.

Turning Tide

Thanks to concerned and engaged parents like you all around the nation, the Common Core is falling—one state at a time. The action recently taken by Indiana, South Carolina, and Oklahoma shows us that this battle, while difficult, is being won. HSLDA salutes you-parents and concerned citizens around the nation—who are on the front lines in fighting and defeating the Common Core.

To find out more about why HSLDA opposes the Common Core, please visit our website. To find out more about the Common Core, you can watch HSLDA’s recent documentary, Building the Machine.

* South Carolina’s withdrawal becomes effective in 2016.

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