Group Warns Fallin Common Core Repeal Bill Violates State Constitution

Jun 2, 2014

A national education group has warned Gov. Mary Fallin the bill to repeal Common Core standards violates the state constitution. Fallin has until Saturday to sign or veto the bill.
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A bill to repeal Common Core education standards awaiting Gov. Mary Fallin's signature may be unconstitutional.

Kristen Amundson with the National Association of State Boards of Education said the problem is House Bill 3399 gives lawmakers power to review new standards from the state board of education.

"It is very problematic for the legislature to come in and try to say, 'Well, that's fine, but we're going to undo — give ourselves the ability to override, undo, amend or in other ways alter everything that you do,'" Amundson said.

Oklahoma's constitution prohibits the legislature from performing or intruding upon functions assigned to the executive branch of government.

Amundson was a Virginia lawmaker for 10 years and said they wanted to bring their concerns to the governor's attention.

"Sometimes the laws you pass do not come down on stone tablets, and they need a little editing and revision," Amundson said. "And sometimes you just need a do-over."

Fallin has until Saturday to sign or veto the bill.