In the fall of 2014, Oklahoma City University Law Review published a paper on Common Core in Oklahoma and the history of Federal Government involvement in education. On the first page the author acknowledges Linda Murphy as a leader in the opposition to Common Core State Standards which led to their repeal from law in Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW
Volume 39, Fall 2014, Number 3
STATE DISCRETION OVER SUBJECT MATTER STANDARDS:
THE RISE AND FALL OF COMMON CORE IN OKLAHOMA
“One, two, three, four, we don’t want your Common Core!” Across the nation, this chant and others like it stream continually from opponents of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).1 CCSS promises that adherence to “essential, rigorous, clear and specific, coherent, and internationally benchmarked” standards will produce students who are “ready to succeed academically in credit-bearing, college-entry courses and in workforce training programs.”2 However, as the flaws of CCSS have become evident, many teachers, parents, and students have become frustrated with its recurring failings in the public school system.
In Oklahoma, the battle to dismantle CCSS was incendiary. Oklahoma adopted CCSS in June of 2010, and full implementation was planned for the 2014-15 school year. However, many protested the adoption, including Linda Murphy, a former candidate for Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Murphy admonished Oklahomans to “put a stop to Common Core before it does further damage to our children’s education.”3
Oklahoma’s cry was heard and on Thursday, June 5, 2014, Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 3399, effectively repealing CCSS in the State of Oklahoma.4 The Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the bill as constitutional on July 15, 2014.5
Read the complete OCU Law Review article about Common Core in Oklahoma: