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Kansas House bill would void academic standards

February 13, 2014

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— A new proposal before the Kansas Legislature would nullify reading, math and science standards for public schools adopted previously by the State Board of Education.

The measure is sponsored by the House Education Committee and was introduced this week.

The bill also says that new standards would be drafted "solely" by the Kansas board with help from an advisory committee.

Conservative Republican legislators tried unsuccessfully last year to block the board from putting into effect the multistate Common Core standards for reading and math.

The board adopted the standards in 2010. Because the federal government has encouraged states to adopt them, critics see them as federal education standards, and costly to implement as well.

The bill also would nullify multistate, evolution-friendly science standards adopted by the Kansas board last year.

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James Howlette 7 months ago

Obviously legislators know more about education that educators.

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Bruce Bertsch 7 months ago

In the "Race to the Bottom" Kansas takes the lead over Mississippi. Sad.

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Scott Morgan 7 months ago

Wow! Is it not a fact Kansas is in the upper 1/3rd in almost every educational category? Race for the bottom, check out Hillary Clinton's former unofficial job results in Arkansas. hint..it was education. One of the reasons why we through a bi-partisan effort brought in NCLB.

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David Reber 7 months ago

Funny how the party of "constitutional conservatives" ignores the constitution whenever they see fit. The legislature does not have the authority to dictate education standards. Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution places this authority with the State Board of Education.

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James Howlette 7 months ago

Well, they've also been ignoring the part where it calls for suitable funding for years, and they've had several attempts to ignore the part where you can't fund parochial schools. I'm not really sure they've actually read the state constitution.

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Scott Morgan 7 months ago

Take it one step forward David, think we did a great job when local school districts ran the local schools. Ummm? What a radical concept.

One can easily see how communities felt about public education by simply looking at the wonderful shrines to education in the form of older school buildings.

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