Kansas lawmakers reject efforts to repeal Common Core

Statehouse (Courtesy: KSNT)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas House members have rejected a proposal that would repeal Common Core standards for math and reading education.

They voted 44-78 against the measure Tuesday, following a debate of more than three hours. Under the proposal, school districts would have been forbidden to use any national curriculum in tests, programs and materials.

The action occurred even though members rejected efforts to return the bill to the House Education Committee or to strip it of committee amendments.

Supporters of the bill said Common Core strips local districts of control. Opponents of the measure said Common Core encourages rigorous standards.

Common Core is optional for states, and the Kansas State Board of Education adopted it in 2010. The standards call for a classroom focus on analytical skills instead of rote memorization.

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