Archive for Thursday, May 16, 2013

Budget provision would block state funding for Common Core standards

May 16, 2013


— The top Senate Republican budget negotiator on Thursday urged passage of a measure that would prohibit the expenditure of state funds to implement Common Core reading and math standards as well as new science standards in public schools.

Kansas formally adopted Common Core standards in 2010, saying they would help prepare students for college and careers. Numerous school districts throughout the state, including Lawrence, have spent the past two years getting teachers ready to implement them.

But recently, the standards have been attacked by several conservative groups.

State Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover, who is chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said he believed a majority of senators opposed the Common Core standards.

"There is a general resistance to the federal government imposing on our schools," Masterson said. Common Core standards have been adopted by most states, and started as a project of the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers.

During a meeting of the House-Senate conference committee that is working on a state budget, Masterson proposed a measure that would block state funding for the next two fiscal years for Common Core standards and what are called Next Generation Science Standards.

State Sen. Laura Kelly, of Topeka and the ranking Democrat on the budget conference committee, criticized the measure proposed by Masterson.

"I don't know why my colleagues keep throwing our education system back toward the Stone Age," Kelly said.

Mark Tallman, a lobbyist for the Kansas Association of School Boards, said that many districts are already implementing Common Core standards. "This just leaves districts kind of adrift as to what they're actually supposed to be doing," he said.

On the science standards, Kansas was among 26 states that took a lead role in drafting them. But some have criticized early drafts of the standards, saying that they promote evolution.


Gary Denning 11 months ago

Of almost as much interest as the debate above is the way some far right legislators have proposed the statutory language prohibiting implementation of College and Career Ready Standards (Is anybody calling it Common Core anymore?): They couldn't get the language through the Education Committee so they try to sneak it in through the conference committee on budget. That way 2 R Senators and 2 R House members can add it to the budget and the rest of the legislature will have to vote thumbs up or thumbs down on the whole thing. There is no way that I know of that the legislature can amend something out of a change coming from a conference committee.

So this thing can now pass without full review and debate by the legislative committees tasked with oversight of education. This isn't the first time this maneuver has ever happened, but it smelled badly EVERY time it happened.


Bryan Anderson 11 months ago

Kansas was on the coalition that crafted the Common Core. Kansas had adapted them to our state by adding 15% state specific standards for the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards. They are standards more rigorous than our existing state state standards, and will help our kids to be critical thinkers who are able to access information on their own. I should know, because I'm a teacher, and have worked extensively with both. I'm tired of people with no knowledge of pedagogy or education trying to make politically motivated decisions that will be disastrous for the future of our state.


grandnanny 11 months, 1 week ago

Teachers knew that NCLB was a flawed system. We called it NTLS for "no teacher left standing." NCLB violated everthing we learned in our testing and measurement classes. But we were never asked. We were told to do it and that is what we did knowing full well that all schools would eventually fail. Even with countless weeks spent teaching to the test, 100% of our students will never reach proficiency. The only value of NCLB was to get people talking and working together to come up with something better. The Common Core resulted from those talks.


grandnanny 11 months, 1 week ago

Wow. Where did you get this information? The Common Core came from a group of states getting together to make sure that all kids were being prepared for higher education. Nothing keeps schools from developing more rigorous requirements. The federal government had nothing to do with the Common Core and money from the feds is not being given or withheld because of this curriculum. It is time that education be made more consistent throughout the country as children move from district to district, state to state. Why don't you want our children to be on the same footing as kids in other states? Or do you just want our kids to be like those in Louisiana who are learning that humans and dinosaurs shared the planet at the same time. Luckily for Louisiana kids, a judge struck down their voucher program so the State won't be paying for kids to learn creationism in science class.


Ray Parker 11 months, 1 week ago

Common Core is an attempt by the Mombasa Marxist’s Department of Education to force all states and schools to adopt specified national education standards for each grade level that will dictate what all kids learn and don’t learn. It means usurping local control of school curriculum, in favor of control by leftist White House bureaucrats. Charter schools, private schools, religious schools, Catholic schools, and homeschooling are also targeted for White House control. Academic standards would be significantly lowered. All sorts of private information on schoolchildren would be dumped into a federal database for use by various government agencies and employers. “Informational texts” (leftist political propaganda and indoctrination and vulgar, pornographic stories) would replace most classic literature formerly taught. $4 Billion of your stimulus tax dollars went to promote this travesty, instead of the shovel-ready jobs that never appeared. It takes a village to steal your children.

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Lura72 11 months, 1 week ago

So Common Core created by the National Governors' Association is Horrible but NCLB behind (no comment on creation is the Wonderful?) Where was the outrage when schools, teachers, kids were pounded on the head with NCLB? NCLB is the most horrific educational law ever to come out of DC. WHERE WAS THE OUTRAGE OVER THE FEDS REQUIRING NCLB?



sciencegeek 11 months, 1 week ago


You have summed up the intent of this crowd perfectly. They do not believe in public education and are killing it with a thousand cuts. Private education is available to the only ones who need to be educated--the financial elite who can afford it.

The John Birch Society, whose founders include the father of our current Koch brothers, believe that the government should provide roads, armies and nothing else. Those with means are superior to those without, so only their needs are important. "Common Core" might be of benefit to the common folk, and their benefit is a drain on the rich, so it is of no benefit.

The mind-numbing thing about this is that the common folk are participating in their own destruction.


Bridgett Wagner 11 months, 1 week ago

I'm tellin alla yall, it's sabotage.

conservatives want privatized education, but they can't just shut down the public school system, so for the past however many years, they just keep effing with it, trying to dismantle the system, bit by bit, until the schools are so bad that parents give up and go the private route, and eventually they will achieve their goal: no more public education.


optimist 11 months, 1 week ago

More like Common to the Core. Don’t let our children be common anything. Kansas and in particular Lawrence should strive to develop the best, most cost effective education system we can for our children. I want our community to be what other communities strive to be. This "standard" will result in administrative complacency, more bureaucracy and destroy what little competition is left in education. Education benefits from 50 states and local communities trying different approaches in their drive to do it better. If common core is a failure how will we know? The federal government will essentially mandate what is taught in every school in the nation by way of controlling education funding. This gives too much control to the feds. We should all be concerned because the "standards" can change with the political winds. I am equally opposed to Obama dictating what my kids learn and how they learn it as I was Bush or whoever the next President will be. No child left behind was a well intentioned waste of money. I think it did more to harm education than help and I think Common Core being even more politically driven will do even more harm. We should hold the line; and then beat back the federal government’s intrusion into the States authority over education. I know many people dislike Brownback’s positions on education and that is fine but I feel as though we have far more influence to effect change in our child’s education the closer it is to our communities. Keep education local.


William Weissbeck 11 months, 1 week ago

Indiana did the same thing, after the local schools have already spend resources to to the preliminary work. I thought it was only the Army that dug ditches and then filled them in. Conservatives waste so much time hunting imaginary bogeymen. We live in a very mobile society. Children seldom finish school in the same school district that they started in. Many move to and from other states. The idea is to have as much as possible a universal model, so that students are learning pretty much the same things at the same grade level. I've sat in on school board meetings when this stuff is discussed (boring!). Hardly political. In many ways it's simply too much micro managing. But then, just like MBA's, what's the point of Ph.D.'s in Education if they don't have something to do? Far better them them than a bunch of legislators.


JohnBrown 11 months, 1 week ago

Another example of the "Don't Tread On Me" crowd treading on everyone else.

These Know-Nothings are trying to get the rest of us to know nothing too.

Unless good people show up at voting time these morons will continue to run this state into the ground.



verity 11 months, 1 week ago

The devil is making them do it. They are being tempted beyond their capacity to resist. Pray harder, boys, pray harder. You can resist the temptation to destroy Kansas if you just pray hard enough.


texburgh 11 months, 1 week ago

There are two reasons for this move. 1. The standards - even though they were created by the Governors and Chief State School Officers - will improve schools while Obama is in office. Kansas cannot allow a Democrat to get credit for that even if the Democrat had nothing to do with the improvement. 2. Remember when Rick Santorum criticized Obama for saying every child ought to have the opportunity to go to college? "He wants everyone to go to college. What a snob!" You see, education is "elitist." We need to become a nation of undereducated teapublicans willing to vote against our own economic self-interest.

This budget, if this proviso is approved, will dismantle education in Kansas in three ways. First it will stop the implementation of career and college readiness standards aligned with the other states and college entrance; then it will flat fund K-12 education which is essentially a funding cut since inflation will eat away at the buying power of that flat funding; and finally it will reduce funding for post-secondary education forcing up tuition and pricing more students out of our community colleges, tech colleges, and universities.

Brownback and the 2013 legislature represent the most anti-education collective in the history of this state.


oldexbeat 11 months, 1 week ago

At least the districts that put the Common Core in place should have a much easier time getting good SAT scores for their students. But, then the others don't want their children educated much, so I guess that even supporting college will become optional.


Paul R Getto 11 months, 1 week ago

But recently, the standards have been attacked by several conservative groups.

CONSERVATIVE? Do not make me laugh and spill my coffee.


JJE007 11 months, 1 week ago

We must get back to the fundamental, illiterate beauty of life.

Education has done nothing for us. How can you expect us to control society when our peons are being educated? The poor have always been our plow horses, soldiers and labor expansion units. We need them uneducated, desperate and pregnant.

If education must be provided, let it be provided by schoolmarms with a proper religious perspective and heavy rulers. Putting the fear of holy retribution into the hearts of rebellious youth units needs to begin at an early age and be encouraged by governmental initiatives, corporal punishment and generally sanctioned political thuggery.

Keep the peasants down on the corporate farms, working for controlled wage packages designed to allow for the production, and their consumption, of the fine, healthful foods that their good work provides.

  • Richard Weedygrowth (Imaginary Chairman of the Brownbeak Society)

Richard Heckler 11 months, 1 week ago

The focus of the USA should be:

--- Removing these radical rt wing elements from state government

--- Reining in the CIA and military spending.

--- Jobs jobs jobs and more jobs.

--- Medicare Single Payer which would create an estimated 2.4 million jobs.

--- Get the massive highway rehab underway.

--- Bring on cleaner energy.

--- Replacing the anti american rt wing GOP with the Green Party.

--- Electing a whole lot of new democrats.

--- Funding education to the max = new business and new employment.

--- Break up the big banks.

--- Put the home loan criminals in jail!!!!!!


arch007bak 11 months, 1 week ago

I've tried to find out how much $ the state receives from the federal government for education, but I guess I'm not smart enough to find a clear answer. From what I can find, it seems to be nearly $400 million per year as of last year.

If the state doesn't want to follow standards set by the federal government, then why should the federal government provide funding? Think of it this way, if you want to open a McDonald's or some other franchise, you either follow their standards or rules or you can forget it.


JayhawkFan1985 11 months, 1 week ago

On an island of blind men, a one eyed man rules. Kansas is an island of blind men. brownbackward as you think...


arch007bak 11 months, 1 week ago

I wonder how many of these 'legislators' that were in office at the time took issue with the big bad federal government imposing standards when it was No Child Left Behind.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 months, 1 week ago

"There is a general resistance to the federal government imposing on our schools,"

No, this is just more ideologically driven drivel and holding of breath in childish tantrums because willful ignorance never produces good policy. Sadly, that's what the Republican Party, particularly in Kansas, has devolved to.


somebodynew 11 months, 1 week ago

Does NOTHING stop these idiots ??? (or the people who vote for them)


parrothead8 11 months, 1 week ago

Masterson could have just stopped at, "There is a general resistance to the federal government." Um, hello? THE STATES collaborated on the Common Core standards.


Thom 11 months, 1 week ago

What in the hell is wrong with this state?


question4u 11 months, 1 week ago

The College Board states the following: "The College Board will continue to invest — and is committed to building deeper alignment — to ensure the SAT reflects the key components of the CCSS."

So, our extremist, nutcase legislators want to put Kansas students at a disadvantage when they take the SAT, the principal college entrance exam. The Common Core was developed by STATES, including Kansas, to help students excel in reading, math, and science. Rejection of the Common Core, especially after representatives from Kansas helped to create it, would be so blindly ignorant that it would stigmatize not only every graduate of Kansas schools but every resident of Kansas. This is the stuff that Kansas stereotypes are made of. How do these people even tie their shoes?


true_patriot 11 months, 1 week ago

How medieval are things going to have to get before Kansans wake up and quit tolerating wasting our taxpayer's investments in so much nonsense when there are serious and critical problems to be solved. Unbelievable.


deec 11 months, 1 week ago

"... saying that they promote evolution." OMG!!! Science standards that promote, you know, science. Hide the kiddies!!!!


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