Committee vote aimed at Common Core

(Readers Note: An earlier version of this story that went out to some of our members had some incorrect information)

The House Education Committee on Friday recommended approval of a bill that supporters say was aimed at removing Common Core in Kansas.

The measure was in the form of a “conceptual” amendment by state Rep. Amanda Grosserode, R-Lenexa, to Sub House Bill 2292. During the committee meeting, some expressed confusion about what the amendment actually did and exact language of the amendment won’t be available until later.

Based on discussion of committee members, the amendment said no Kansas curriculum standards could include Common Core after July 1, 2017.

After the vote, State Board Member Janet Waugh, a Democrat from Kansas City, tweeted her disapproval of the measure, saying that the State Board had authority over education standards. “Just read the constitution!” she tweeted.

However, other interpretations said the Legislature would have to “review” the new standards, but not “approve” them.

March 18, 2016