Common Core Standard hearing draws hundreds to the statehouse

It was a packed crowd this afternoon at the statehouse to hear testimony on a bill that could invalidate the common core education standard.

That standard is currently used in Kansas schools.

The Common Core was adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010.

It gives unique reading and math standards in public schools.
Passing House Bill 2621, would get rid of those standards and set up new guidelines for math and reading.

Those who testified in front of the Kansas House Committee  had 90 seconds to say what they thought.

Dakota Hoagland, 20, says Common Core is not the solution.

“I definitely support the passing of House Bill 2621 simply because they don’t have the rigor and they don’t really have the innovation and creativity that we’re looking for in education.”

Those in opposition of the bill, like Cheryl Semmel says the standard will get students where they need to be.

“I think that there’s some real concern that if we roll back to 2003 standards that we’ll do a real disservice to our students. i think that we see with common core and the college of career readiness standards we see a real ability to focus on individual students and get them to where they need to be.”

It now goes to the Kansas House Committee to make a decision.

It’s not known when that vote will happen.

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