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Getting Ready for Common Core's Replacement

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Oklahoma representatives are trying to find a replacement for the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

KOSU's Danniel Parker reports on last week's House Education Committee meeting.

House Bill 3399 made Oklahoma one of ten states not to use Common Core educational standards. A committee led by State Rep. Ann Coody is helping create a new standard for the state, set to begin in 2016.

Director of Secondary Education for Stillwater Schools Walter Howell says this raises some issues and leaves some teachers in a scramble

Howell explains the problems this change makes for teachers.

"Now we’re in somewhat of a limbo situation I think statewide just waiting on what the next set of standards are going to look like. And so that we know what to have our teachers teach."

During the committee meeting earlier this month, Representative Sally Kern said the root of the problem goes back to 1963, when mandatory prayer was taken out of school.

Chairperson Coody agreed.

"I think we need to go back to what our founding fathers founded our nation upon. And that was a nation founded upon God and the principles of God and the Ten Commandments."

For years, Oklahoma's educational system has ranked well below the national average in science, math and English.

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