Kansas Lawmakers Consider Repealing Common Core

Kansas House members have begun debating a proposal that would repeal Common Core standards for math and reading education.

Under the proposal, school districts would be forbidden to use any national curriculum in tests, programs and materials.

The standards were developed by a group of states with the goal of making sure students were ready for jobs or higher education after graduation. Common Core is optional for the states, and the Kansas State Board of Education adopted it in 2010. The standards call for a classroom focus on analytical skills instead of rote memorization.

Supporters of the bill say Common Core strips local districts of control. Opponents say it encourages rigorous standards.