Politics & Government

February 14, 2013

Bill would force new math, English standards in Kansas

Several education advocates with lengthy resumes plan to tell lawmakers Thursday how common core standards in English and math are troublesome for students and expensive for the state.

Several education advocates with lengthy resumes plan to tell lawmakers Thursday how common core standards in English and math are troublesome for students and expensive for the state.

Robert Scott, the former Texas commissioner of education; Sandra Stotsky, a former Massachusetts education official; Jane Robbins, a senior fellow with the American Principles Project; and Ze’ev Wurman, a former official at the U.S. Department of Education, plan to share their views on the standards Thursday afternoon at a news conference and an education committee hearing.

Some school districts have already started using the standards. And many other states have implemented the same standards.

But former state education board member Walt Chappell, who is now president of Educational Management Consultants in Wichita, says the standards were forced on states and involve huge costs.

Lawmakers have been discussing a bill that would require the state to write new math and English standards and ban the use of the common core standards. State education officials say doing so would cost millions and take at least two years.

Learn more about the standards from the Kansas Department of Education.

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