Senate panel to discuss blocking ed standards

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Senate committee plans to review a proposal to block the use of multi-state, Common Core reading and math standards in public schools.

The Ways and Means Committee’s meeting Friday was a sign that critics of the standards were making some inroads as lawmakers tried to wrap up their business for the year.

Some House Republicans were holding up action on a proposed state budget for each of the next two fiscal years to get fellow lawmakers to consider blocking the standards.

Common Core resulted from efforts by states to develop uniform standards for reading and math and boost student performance. The Kansas State Board of Education adopted the new guidelines in 2010.

Critics argue the standards are a threat to state control over schools and expensive to implement.

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