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OKGOP Resolution to Protect Oklahoma's Education System

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RESOLUTION TO PROTECT OKLAHOMA’S EDUCATION SYSTEM Whereas, Many Oklahomans are concerned about the implementation and use of the Common

Core State Standards (CCSS), aka Oklahoma Academic Standards, in Oklahoma’s public education system; Whereas, The State of Oklahoma applied for, and was granted, a waiver by the federal

government from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements in return for participation in the Common Core State Standards Initiative including Common Core aligned-assessments, teacher and school accountability measures, and the implementation of a State Longitudinal Database System (SLDS) with federal grant money to collect, store and share data on public school students from pre-school through twenty years of age; Whereas, Many conservative groups have come out against CCSS along with both Oklahoma

U. S. Senators; likewise, twenty states across the nation have called a halt to, or plan to fully repeal CCSS; the Republican State Party in Utah, Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas, California and Florida have passed resolutions against CCSS; Whereas, The Oklahoma Republican Party, as stated in the 2013 Oklahoma Republican Party

Platform, “oppose[s] participation by Oklahoma in the Common Core State Standards because it transfers control of local schools away from the parent and local school boards and gives more power to the State;” and Whereas, The Republican National Committee in April of 2013 passed a resolution rejecting

Common Core State Standards because it devalues the individual student with a “one size fits all” approach to education, therefore be it RESOLVED, The State Committee of the Oklahoma Republican Party stands in opposition to

Common Core Standards (by any name) and strongly urges the 2014 Oklahoma Legislature to honor and comply with Governor Mary Fallin’s Executive Order 2013-40 signed December 4, 2013 and take concrete action to stop or delay the implementation of CCSS and cease participation in NCLB waiver requirements pertaining to CCSS; RESOLVED, The State Committee of the Oklahoma Republican Party urges the Secretary of

Education and the State Legislature in the 2014 Session to honor and comply with the second directive in Governor Fallin’s Executive Order 2013-40, declaring that the “State of Oklahoma O klahoma will be exclusively responsible for deciding the assessment methodology to be used to measure student performance” and encourages OSDE to contract with an in-state testing vendor not affiliated with PARCC or Smarter Balance;

RESOLVED, The State Committee of the Oklahoma Republican Party urges the Secretary of

Education and the State Legislature in the 2014 Session to honor and comply with Governor Fallin’s Executive Order 2013-40 “to safeguard against any threat of federal intrusion” and to honor and comply with its fifth directive d irective declaring that Oklahoma Academic Standards will “not  jeopardize the privacy of any Oklahoma student student or citizen,” therefore cease the use of federal monies in the funding, continued development, and usage of the State Longitudinal Database;

RESOLVED, The State Committee of the Oklahoma Republican Party strongly request that

Republican State House and Senate Committee Chairs receiving bills concerning the repeal or delay of CCSS and/or any part pertaining thereto (including but not limited to the analysis of CCSS and any part of the NCLB waiver requirements) agree to hear these these bills and allow a Committee vote; RESOLVED, The State Committee of the Oklahoma Republican Party urges the State House

and Senate Republican Floor Leaders to agree to hear any bills concerning CCSS and/or any part pertaining thereto that pass out of Committee, and that these bills be slated for hearing and vote by Legislators, so honest debate can occur and Oklahoma citizens are represented by the vote of their elected legislator; and RESOLVED, The State Committee of the Oklahoma Republican Party strongly urges each

County Chair or Vice Chair to hand deliver this resolution to each duly elected Republican Legislator for their County, and the State Chairman to hand deliver this resolution to the Governor and State Superintendent of Public Instruction and to publish this resolution on all Oklahoma Republican online resources within 30 days of passage of this Resolution. Chief Sponsor: Cyndi McArtor, Delaware County State Committee Member 

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