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February 17, 2014

Hundreds protest state common core ed standards

OKLAHOMA CITY — The chairman of the Senate Education Committee says he’s committed to a set of education standards in math and English known as common core, despite a protest by hundreds of people who packed into his committee room urging a repeal.

Holding signs that read “Hear the Bill,” several dozen opponents of the new standards packed into a Senate meeting room on Monday and urged Republican Sen. John Ford of Bartlesville to schedule a hearing on a bill to repeal them.

Ford says he supports the standards and doesn’t intend to hear the bill.

A group of common core opponents surrounded Ford after the hearing and peppered him with their concerns about the bill.

The standards already have been adopted in 45 states, including Oklahoma.

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