Oklahoma school officials frustrated with changes

By Tim Talley, Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 28, 2014 at 3:31 p.m.



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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma school administrators remain frustrated by the Legislature's decision to repeal rigorous Common Core academic standards for public school students weeks before they were to go into effect.

Their frustration intensified when federal officials denied Oklahoma the authority to decide how to spend millions of federal education dollars. Federal officials said Oklahoma could not demonstrate its current standards help students become college- and-career-ready.

State education officials now plan to conduct a series of town hall meetings statewide to allay the concerns of parents, educators and others.

Oklahoma Education Association President Linda Hampton says the turmoil reflects management of the state's public schools by politicians instead of teachers who know what's best for students.

Some legislators say Common Core gave too much power to the federal government.

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