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May 17, 2013

Enid group meets as House speaker derides education common core

ENID, Okla. — Republican House Speaker T.W. Shannon is joining a growing chorus of conservatives opposed to a set of public education principles known as common core state standards.

Shannon announced Thursday that with just two weeks left in the legislative session, he is unveiling a measure to repeal a 2010 law that requires common core to be implemented by Oklahoma school districts.

Common core standards include basic requirements for students to learn in math, English, history, social studies and science.

An Enid group opposed to common core standards will be meeting tonight at Oakwood Christian Church to discuss the program. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Former Oklahoma Secretary of Education Linda Murphy and Jenni White from Restore Oklahoma Public Education will be there to speak, and there will be a question and answer session. State legislators from the Enid area have been invited, an organizer of the meeting said.

Shannon calls the standards a "federal intrusion into our education system." His bill would have to pass the House and the Senate, where President Pro Tem Brian Bingman said he and other GOP leaders support the common core standards.


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