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Kansas House panel to review school standards bill

February 19, 2014


TOPEKA — A Kansas House committee is preparing to consider legislation that would bar use of the Common Core standards for reading and math in public schools.

The bill scheduled for a hearing Wednesday by the House Education Committee would also create an advisory group to help develop new guidelines for teaching those subjects.

It's the latest attempt by conservative Republicans to block implementation of the standards adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010. A similar bill failed last year.

Critics argue that the standards are weak and give outside entities too much control over Kansas education.

A consortium of states including Kansas developed the Common Core standards to create common material that students should master.

States were able to add content to the standards.


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