Committee hears anti-Common Core bill

Proponents of House Bill 2292 testified that the measure was designed to kill the Common Core standards, which they described as an authoritarian overreach that one person said was reminiscent of Adolf Hitler.

But opponents of HB 2292 said the legislation would send Kansas public schools reeling backward while also jeopardizing many other programs, including, advanced placement, international baccalaureate and industry credentialing.

The two sides squared off during a public hearing before the House Education Committee. Chairman Ron Highland, R-Wamego, did not announce what he intended to do with the bill, and he didn't allow committee members to ask questions of those who came to testify. He said he wanted to get all the testimony in and that questions could be asked later.

Lawrence USD 497 Superintendent Rick Doll said those wanting to get rid of Common Core were trying to "kill a mouse with a shotgun."

But former State Board of Education member Walt Chappell said implementation of Common Core standards represented a takeover of the Kansas school system by federal bureaucrats and large corporations.

KASB, which opposes the bill, submitted written testimony that can be accessed here.