Teachers and school district superintendents lined up before the Kansas Board of Education today (TUE) to support Common Core reading and math education standards. They argued the standards will help students transfer more easily between schools and create students who are better at critical thinking and problem solving. Sarah Berblinger (BURR-bling-urr) is a teacher in the Buhler School District. She said the standards also help build a strong foundation for education.
Opponents today and last month told the board that the Common Core standards are centralized control over education in Kansas schools. Some opponents said the process needs to be slowed and studied more. Republican Kasha Kelley chairs the House Education Committee in the Kansas Legislature.
The Board of Ed voted to adopt the Common Core standards in 2010.