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Bill would force new math, English standards

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas House committee is considering a bill that would force the state education department to write new math and English standards.

The standards would replace the Common Core math and English standards adopted in 2010. The bill would specifically prohibit the state and school districts from using the Common Core standards or spending any money on them.

Deputy education commissioner Brad Neuenswander told the education board Wednesday that writing new standards and tests to go with them would take two years and cost millions of dollars.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UiQSG1 ) some opponents of the standards argue that the federal government pressured Kansas into adopting them.

But the education department says the standards are state-driven and will ensure better math and English instruction.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com