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Education leaders pushing back in support of Common Core

There is still a push in the Legislature to block the Common Core education standards. But leaders of the state's associations of school boards and administrators and teachers union are trying to push back. They wrote lawmakers to try to dispel some of the myths about Common Core and urge them not to defund its implementation. Among their points:• We support these standards because they establish rigorous academic standards in English language arts and mathematics, and define the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade to be college- or career-ready upon high school graduation.• These standards are included in the Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards, and our schools, under the guidance of the state board, have already invested significant resources and time in preparing our members to implement the standards.• The standards are not a mandate of the federal government. They were created through the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. States that adopted the standards were able to provide input into their development and to add state-specific content.• The standards are not curriculum; rather they identify where students should be academically at any given time.