Sarah Perry

Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma has done what might once have been improbable, and signed a bill removing from the Sooner State every vestige of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Oklahoma is just the latest state to mount a legislative revolt against Common Core. It appears the scales are off the eyes of an increasing number of Americans, those who were made to believe that federal meddling in education was best for their children, best for commerce, and perhaps most critically, their own idea. They were sold whole cloth on the concept that all state educational benchmarks needed to be chucked in favor of an initiative that arose from corporate edu-crats whose interests were intrinsically tied to the standards themselves; standards that in the words of Bill Gates, Common Core’s money man, were geared toward creating a “large uniform base of customers.”

Indiana led the way when it formally withdrew from the Common Core State Standards Initiative in March. In an effort to retain federal funding and No Child Left Behind Waivers, Gov. Mike Pence substituted standards “by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers” that were nothing more than a simple re-branding of the previous Core material.

Despite this, Indiana’s withdrawal is proving to be the critical crack in the fed-led education dam. On Indiana’s heels, law makers in South Carolina, North Carolina, Missouri, and Oklahoma have taken up the cause, and passed legislation to withdraw from the Core Standards.

South Carolina’s Gov. Nikki Haley made clear her enmity for the Standards from the start, stating that she would continue to fight implementation of the Core “until it’s no longer part of our school system’s curriculum.” On May 30th, she made good on that promise, signing into law H 3893 that required the development of new, non-Core standards by the 2015-2016 academic year.


Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry is a senior fellow who focuses on Common Core at the Family Research Council.