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Common Core ban may or may not come to floor


The bill to do away with Kansas’ Common Core-derived educational standards was advanced for consideration by the full House with no opportunity for opponents to challenge it in committee. The spokeswoman for House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, told the Topeka Capital-Journal that the Merrick was reviewing the bill before deciding whether to allow it a vote. House Education Committee Chairman Ron Highland, R-Wamego, has said the bill’s potential to prohibit Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs in Kansas has been “all blown out of proportion,” promising that floor amendments would alleviate concerns. But can the Legislature purge Kansas of Common Core while still allowing the Common Core-aligned AP and IB programs and ACT and SAT tests, which are beyond Kansas’ control? – Rhonda Holman