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Kan. spat over education standards in limbo

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A question about the legality of putting a policy statement in the Kansas budget stalled some lawmakers' efforts to block the implementation of Common Core reading and math standards in state schools.

Kansas joined more than 40 states in adopting the national education standards in 2010 and school districts are in varying stages of implementing them. However, opponents wanted to stop the standards through a budget provision that would ban using any state money on Common Core.

The House dropped the language Tuesday in its final budget offer, saying it would have violated a constitutional ban on having two subjects in a single bill.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades says Wednesday he understands concerns about the standards but there were few options left to stop them this session.