Common Core is toxic, lawmakers tell Tulsa chamber officials

By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau

OKLAHOMA CITY — The phrase Common Core has become toxic, members of the Tulsa Regional Chamber were told Wednesday.

About 200 people from the Tulsa Regional Chamber attended its annual day at the Capitol, lobbying lawmakers to keep the controversial standards on the books, despite passage of a recent measure to repeal them.

Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, encouraged participants to tell lawmakers to oppose House Bill 3399, which could be heard in the full Senate as early as next week. The measure repeals Common Core, a set of standards adopted by 45 states, including Oklahoma in 2010.

Common Core critics say it removes local control and would result in additional testing. Supporters say it is needed to ensure consistency across the country.

Common Core is an education standards initiative developed by the National Governors Association that outlines what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level.

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