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Kansas Senate Panel Offers Bill on Education Standards

Associated Press - May 31, 2013 6:41 pm

The Kansas Republican Party's central committee is taking a stand against new standards approved by the state Board of Education for teaching math, English and science.

A Kansas Senate committee has introduced legislation that would pause the implementation of new standards for math and reading in public schools.

The bill 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 Senate Ways and Means Committee began reviewing the proposal Friday.

It’s aimed at the Common Core standards, which resulted from a multi-state effort to develop uniform benchmarks for math and reading. The Kansas Board of Education adopted them in 2010, when many other states did the same, but they have not yet been put into effect.

Critics argue the standards would undermine state control over schools and be expensive to implement.

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