Linda Murphy: What Will Fallin Do?

murphy2Linda Murphy

Will Governor Fallin heed the strong and clear message that has come from the people of the state of Oklahoma or will she yield to the desires and pressures of national bi-partisan power at her finger tips? Fallin is the chair of the National Governors Association and is backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

This is the moral dilemma Governor Mary Fallin faces.  Fallin has successfully had the majority of power over K-12th grade public education transferred to her.  Through legislation she has gained control over the State School Board, now entirely appointed by her alone.  This move changes the balance of power established in our State Constitution, which gave the power to the people who elected the state officials, originally serving as members.

Fallin also has tremendous new additional power through the office of
Educational Quality and Accountability, which her Secretary of Education now oversees.  This level of power over education in the hands of one person, the Governor, did not exist until Mary Fallin came into office.

Fallin has until June 7th to sign HB 3399, which will then become law and return Oklahoma public education to true Local and State Control from the NGA-National Governors Association’s Common Core State Standards, which went into law in 2010. The statewide student testing under Common Core State Standards is controlled by the Federal Government which funded the test item development.

The State Board of Education approved a contract for Common Core aligned testing scheduled to start this fall, 2014-2015 school year.  The test vendor is Measured Progress, which works directly with PARCC, Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers, one of two federally funded testing consortia.

In December, Governor Fallin held a press conference where she signed an
Executive Order declaring that the Federal Government will have no authority over Oklahoma education but unless she signs HB 3399 and puts the law in place to STOP the Federal tests the curriculum Oklahoma students study and learn will be in the hands of the Federal Department of Education.

HB 3399 passed the Oklahoma State Legislature by a huge majority 102 legislators voting for it while only 27 voted against it. In the House of Representatives the vote was 71 to 18 in and in the Senate it was 31 to 10.  Oklahoma House Speaker Hickman’s office has reported that the Governor has until June 7th to sign the bill.

Oklahomans statewide are urging the Governor to sign HB 3399 and set our
Children FREE from the control of the Federal Government!

Linda Murphy served as Education Advisor to Governor Frank Keating and Deputy Commissioner Workforce Education and Training under Commissioner of Labor Brenda Reneau.

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  1. Ray, 29 May, 2014

    As a congress woman, Mary voted for TARP against the will of the people of Oklahoma and supported by the US Chamber of Commerce. I don’t expect a different result here. History repeats! It’s obvious Mary supports Common Core in her heart. The people of Oklahoma will take a back seat to Mary’s individual preferences. Our state legislature made an error by not passing this in time to be able to over-ride her veto.

  2. Julia from ROPE, 29 May, 2014

    Excellent article, Linda! We urge Oklahomans to contact Gov. Fallin by phone, 405 – 521-2342 press Option 2 to talk to a live person; and by writing letters and signing the petition authored by Republican National Committeewoman for Oklahoma Carolyn McLarty., The RNC platform, the OKGOP platform AND an additional resolution and grassroots organizations all across our state are urging you to sign, Governor! The language matches your own Executive Order. Did you mean that or not?

  3. Steve Dickson, 29 May, 2014

    It will be very difficult to reassemble the Legislature after June 7th to override a veto, due to the impending primary election.

    A signature on the last day would be dramatic and well received by the voters.

    A veto on the last day will be met with massive anger by a very, very strong majority of voters. It could throw the election to the democrats.

    A veto would be a very risky proposition. How is it that we even have a question, and that this has not already been signed into law?

  4. sky, 30 May, 2014

    Nothing will throw the election to the Dems…It’s unfortunate that we have succumbed to the whiners and are watering down standards-heaven help our children.


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