March 3, 2014
There is still hope that we can get rid of Common Core State Standards Initiative with HB 2621, currently before the House Education Committee. This bill will remove the state from the Common Core and establish an advisory committee led by Kansas legislators, parents, and educators to create new standards.
This bill presents a real opportunity to restore local control to education. However, we must act quickly because the legislature must act before it goes out of session! We cannot have our students locked into the Common Core for another year.
Please call or email these members of the House Education Committee. Tell them that you support HB 2621, and their YES vote would mean a rejection of federal and big business overreach and a return to an education system governed by the citizens of Kansas.
For more information on Common Core, click here. A quick recap of Kansas’ Common Core history:
- The Kansas Board of Education adopted the national K-12 Common Core standards in English and math in 2010 in order to score points on a federal grant competition – a competition that we did not win.
- As a result we now have the Common Core standards (Kansas College and Career Ready Standards), and they are of poor quality:
- They fail to prepare students for studies in science, technology, engineering and math. They put our students two years behind their peers in high-performing countries by eighth grade, and they are even worse for high school.
- In English language arts, the Common Core severely de-emphasizes the study of classic literature in favor of drab and simplistic “informational” texts. It does this despite the fact that the overwhelming evidence is that children should be reading more, not less, classic literature.
- Prominent child psychiatrists and psychologists have heavily criticized the standards as being age-inappropriate for young children.
- The Kansas State Board of Education also adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in June 2013. The NGSS standards fail to prepare children for college science courses.
Kansas needs to reclaim its sovereignty by exiting the Common Core and developing top-notch standards that will be under Kansas control! The state legislature can do this with the passage of a simple law – HB 2621.