If Governor Fallin does not sign the bill by June 2nd she could exercise a pocket veto. Restore Oklahoma Public Education in a blog post encourages in-and-out-of-state emails to be sent to Governor Fallin this week.
Here’s what we would like for you to do:
Copy and paste the letter of your choice (you can modify them or write your own as well) into an email.
If you live in Oklahoma, please also CC your state Representative and Senator so there is a record of the correspondence
If you live outside the state, please identify your state in your correspondence
Please pass this information on. The more letters we can get to her, the better off we’ll be. Also, please send your emails prior to WED. MAY 28th if possible, so we have time to print them out and give them to her if need be.
If you have any trouble with the email listed, you can also contact Governor Fallin through the Contact page on the state website. There is a place into which you can copy and paste your email.
Thank you so very much for helping us with this mission! We truly must prevail!
*If you have trouble copying and pasting from this blog, try this page on our website.
IN STATE LETTER:
Dear Governor Fallin,
No matter how disparate their circumstances or ideologies, parents across the state of Oklahoma come into agreement over the desire for their children to receive an excellent education. A truly excellent education must include high standards and expectations, as these factors allow students to develop knowledge and habits to carry them into their adult lives possessing an ability to do anything – be anything – they want to be.
Study after study has shown a truly excellent education to be that provided at the most local level to the student. Beyond a child’s parent, no one knows their educational strengths and weaknesses better than their teacher and no one is more equipped to provide a child the tools they need to succeed than their classroom educator working in tandem with parents.
December of last year, you restated your desire for all Oklahoma children to have just that kind of excellent education through Executive Order 2013-40. As Governor of our great state, you recognize the ingenuity, wisdom and resourcefulness Oklahomans possess, as these traits are the pistons in one of the strongest economic engines in the nation. Clearly, Oklahomans have the aptitude for creating educational standards and tests to mirror our great economic success.
Unfortunately, Oklahoma succumbed to federal overreach of our standards and tests once we chose to accept a No Child Left Behind waiver and with it, standards and tests created outside the state, promoted by the Department of Education.
May 23rd, HB3399 passed the House and Senate with wide majorities. This bill echoes your desire for all Oklahoma students to have an education utilizing high educational standards and tests developed here in Oklahoma. HB3399 recognizes that without developmentally appropriate standards utilizing the best, most widely recognized educational methods, Oklahoma’s students cannot succeed. Beyond returning control of educational standards and testing to the local level, HB3399 also places the review and approval of new state-derived standards in the hands of the legislature and as such, back into the hands of the people of Oklahoma who know best how to serve and guide Oklahoma’s public education system.
Please sign HB3399. Please allow Oklahoma the opportunity to lead the nation in development of the best, most comprehensive set of educational standards; standards by which we can educate Oklahoma students at the highest level in the country.
Thank you for your time and immediate attention to this matter.
OUT OF STATE LETTER:
Dear Governor Fallin,
Oklahoma has the opportunity to set a national precedent – that of breaking the hold over local education exhibited by the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Please do so by signing HB3399.
Since the federal Department of Education began promoting the Common Core via State Fiscal Stabilization Fund and Race to the Top grants, as well as the No Child Left Behind waivers, it has been virtually impossible for individual states who accepted any of these programs to retain local control over their educational standards and tests. This has translated into, not only parental confusion and frustration over testing and assignments, but isolation from their ability to control and direct the education of their child.
While nearly all parents desire and expect educational excellence for their children, this cannot come without parental input and parent/teacher interaction. When teachers spend more time on testing than classroom instruction, students flounder and the bond between teacher, student and parent becomes fragile. Learning is not imparted via testing, but teaching. The desire for their children to exhibit critical thinking is also nearly universal among parents, yet critical thinking skills are not mastered during protracted periods at a computer that better judges how well a child has mastered the use of electronics than has been educated by their own local teacher inside their local classroom.
Though my family does not reside in Oklahoma, like Oklahoma, our state adopted the Common Core State Standards. As many Oklahoma families, our family has experienced the frustration of isolation from our children’s educational process set into motion by implementation of the Common Core.
With your signature on HB3399, you not only allow Oklahoma to create those standards and tests best suited for Oklahoma parents and children, but you set a precedent for our state to follow in creating and adopting our own local standards; those best for our state. By signing HB3399 you not only become a hero to Oklahoma parents and educators, but you provide hope for those in my state as well.
Please sign HB3399. Put public education back into the hands of those whom best it serves – parents and students.