Lawmakers Want Say In History And Science Standards

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Kansas Senate has approved a measure that could delay or block new, multi-state standards for math and reading in public schools.

The measure, approved 24-12 Saturday, would create an 11-member legislative panel to review decisions by the State Board of Education on adopting and implementing any uniform education standards. The bill is aimed at Common Core standards developed by multiple states and adopted by the state board in 2010.

The bill goes to the House to consider.

Critics of the Common Core standards contend they endanger state control of education and will be costly. Supporters believe they'll improve student performance.

But the measure also would prevent the board from implementing new science and history standards. The board approved history guidelines in April and is considering new, multi-state science guidelines.

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