Local Control of Kansas Education Act Introduced

Kansas_state_flag_legislature_government_121713HB 2292 was filed in the Kansas House of Representatives this week.  It was introduced by the Kansas House Committee on Federal and State Affairs.

Here is some of the key text of the bill:

New Sec. 3. (a) The state shall retain sole control over the development, establishment and revision of K-12 curriculum standards. (b) Any education entity or any state official shall not join any consortium or any other organization when participation in that consortium or organization would cede any measure of control over any aspect of Kansas public education to any entity not explicitly allowed authority over education in article 6 of the constitution of the state of Kansas. No such person or entity shall condition or delay a decision on academic standards or curriculum on the decision of any consortium, organization, any other state government, the federal government or any other entity not explicitly allowed authority over education in article 6 of the constitution of the state of Kansas.

(c) Any actions taken by any education entity or any state official to¬†adopt, implement or align programs, assessments, testing, surveys or any¬†educational materials or activities to the common core state standards, the¬†social, emotional and character development standards, the national¬†curriculum standards for social studies, the national health education¬†standards, the national sexuality education standards, core content and¬†skills, K-12 or any other academic standards not in the public domain, free¬†of any copyright, as of July 1, 2015, are void…..

….New Sec. 4. (a) Beginning July 1, 2015, the state board shall not¬†implement any past academic standards or related assessments or any¬†future academic standards or related assessments which are aligned with¬†the academic standards described in section 3(c), and amendments thereto.¬†(b) The Kansas curriculum standards used to teach K-12 English¬†language arts, mathematics and science prior to October 12, 2010, shall be¬†reinstated for kindergarten and grades one through 12 in Kansas beginning¬†July 1, 2015. These standards will remain in effect until July 1, 2017. After¬†July 1, 2017, revised Kansas standards in these subjects may be developed¬†through the process provided for in K.S.A. 72-6439, and amendments¬†thereto.

(c) If advanced placement, international baccalaureate, dual credit or other similar courses and tests are administered to public high school students, they shall be aligned with Kansas curriculum standards in effect pursuant to subsection (b).

New Sec. 5. The state board of education shall rescind any requirement, agreement or waiver, including the no child left behind waiver, with the United States department of education or any other federal agency which conditioned the receipt of federal funding upon the board revising educational curriculum standards to align with the common core state standards. The state board shall not agree to future federal educational funding, waivers, agreements or requirements which condition the receipt of federal funding upon academic curriculum being aligned to the common core state standards.

New Sec. 6. The state board of education shall not adopt or develop a criterion-referenced formative or summative assessment instrument under this act based on or aligned to common core state standards.

This is a pretty comprehensive bills, one of the better ones I’ve seen in awhile.

You can read the entire bill below:

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  1. My thing is the law states in all states school is mandatory there for public schools are free due to they are paid federally and state wise from our taxes

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