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Fallin signs Common Core repeal bill

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill to repeal the Common Core education standards, getting rid of the new guidelines for math and English scheduled to go into effect in Oklahoma schools in the upcoming school year.

Fallin on Thursday signed the bill that was overwhelmingly passed in the House and Senate on the final day of the 2014 session. The bill requires the state to return to old standards in place before 2010 and directs new ones to be developed by 2016.

The Common Core standards already have been adopted by more than 40 states as part of an effort to better prepare students for college and the workforce. But there has been growing concern, especially among grass-roots conservatives, that the standards represent a federal takeover of education.

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