Committee will hold hearing Monday on bill to repeal Common Core

The battle over Common Core standards re-visits the Statehouse on Monday.

The House Education Committee  will hold a hearing on House Bill 2292, which repeals Common Core, which sets up benchmarks designed to raise reading and math skills.

Forty-four states, including Kansas, have adopted the standards with supporters saying they will increase student outcomes. Critics say the standards are an infringement on states’ ability to control curriculum.

KASB opposes the bill. Since no school district is currently required to adopt Common Core, the bill would actually reduce the ability of local boards to decide for themselves, KASB argues.

The hearing on the bill is scheduled for 1 p.m. in room 112-North. Legislative staff are expecting a large crowd and so have reserved seats for conferees who will testify before the committee. Any remaining seats will be open to spectators. There will also be chairs available outside the committee room and speakers will be turned on so those outside can hear what is going on.