Kan. GOP committee opposes new education standards

Kansas Capital
Kansas Capital

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Republican Party’s central committee is taking a stand against new standards approved by the state Board of Education for teaching math, English and science.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/181qNjI ) the committee adopted a resolution on the Common Core standards during a weekend meeting. The resolution criticizes the standards because they were developed to be used nationally, not just in Kansas.

GOP Chairman Kelly Arnold told the newspaper Monday the biggest objection is loss of state control over what is taught in Kansas classrooms.

The executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party disagrees. Jason Perkey says the standards make sense and define what students should know to be prepared for college and career training.

GOP efforts to repeal the standards and defund their implementation failed in this year’s legislative session.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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