Kansas Senate votes to block academic standards

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposal designed to block Kansas public schools from using multistate reading and math standards has been approved by the state Senate.

Senators added the proposal attacking the Common Core standards to a school funding plan on a 27-12 vote Thursday night.

The measure bars the spending of tax dollars on implementing the standards through June 2017.

The State Board of Education adopted the standards as the state’s own in 2010. They’ve been under attack from conservative Republican legislators since.

The standards were an initiative of governors’ and education commissioners’ associations. Supporters say they’ll improve teaching nationwide.

Opponents see them as amounting to federal standards because federal officials have encouraged their use. Critics also say they cost states and local districts control over their courses.

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