TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Instead of science standards, the State Board of Education spent roughly 4 hours listening to supporters of Common Core standards for Kansas schools.
Last month, the Board heard opponents of Common Core, which are basically standards adopted by over 40 states, that define knowledge and skills students should have at the end of each grade level.
The Board of Education meeting room was filled with supporters of Common Core standards and they monopolized the open forum.
Opponents of Common Core, including a number of conservative legislators criticize it as a federally ordered program and interference with a state's responsibility for its educational curriculum.
Kansas teachers and superintendents are saying Common Core is good because it emphasizes critical thinking over rote memorization and is a step forward in education.
The open forum on Core standards crowded out other board business and the overall science standards discussion followed some 50 core standards speakers. The Board approved the Next Generation Science Standards with a vote of 8-2.