State leaders work to answer questions about common core repeal
By Keaton Fox
OKLAHOMA CITY — Playgrounds at area schools are mostly empty as kids enjoy summer break.But inside schools, teachers and administrators are busy throwing out old curriculum after the federal common core standards were thrown out by state leaders.State superintendent Janet Barresi says right now, there's still a lot unknown."It's hard to give you specifics on that because this is day one," Barresi said.Here on day one, teachers are looking at the state's 2010 standards to figure out what to teach this coming school year.But state leaders say writing new standards may take up to two years."We can either do it fast, or we can do it right," Barresi said.In the new standards to stay within federal guidelines, the state must make students "college and career ready".The new law requires the state to stay away from common core guidelines and prohibits testing that's developed outside the state.All requirements Barresi says will make Oklahoma a model for education."These are going to be very rigorous standards," Barresi said. "They're going to be the best in the country, they're going to be written by Oklahomans for Oklahoma kids."Melissa Wilkens is a parent who's watched the common core debate evolve."Go and look at the standards," Wilkens said. "See what you think. Come to your own conclusion, cause I don't think you want to believe what everybody tells you."Wilkens says she's against common core, but says she'll be involved as the new standards are written, something she says all parents should do."It's really too scary to say I know this much and I'm going to send my child out there," Wilkens said.
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