Civil rights group says public schools face attack

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center says public schools are under attack from conservative groups opposed to new education standards and federal intrusion into local issues.

Officials with the civil rights organization said Wednesday the report documents efforts by political groups to block implementation of the Common Core Standards for math and English as part of a larger effort to dismantle public schools.

Among those named in the report are billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

The report says the groups also seek to end teacher tenure, which Kansas did in April.

A spokeswoman for Wichita-based Koch Industries says the company isn’t involved in Common Core discussions. An official with Americans for Prosperity, which has ties to the Kochs, says the issue is retaining local control over education.

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