Edu. standards showdown fizzles at OK Capitol

Posted at 3:36 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 16:38:02-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A potential showdown in the Legislature over whether to approve new education standards for math and English fizzled this week at the state Capitol when the House and Senate adjourned for the week without considering a final bill.

As a result, the new standards developed during the last two years will take effect by default this week since lawmakers took no action to stop or change them.

Both chambers passed separate resolutions to approve the new standards, with some recommended changes, but couldn't agree on a final version.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman says most senators preferred leaving the standards to the Department of Education and removing the Legislature from oversight altogether.

Oklahoma had to develop new standards after lawmakers rejected Common Core two years ago.