Thank goodness that enough lawmakers in the Kansas House came to their senses and didn’t block the implementation of Common Core education standards. Early efforts this session to defund the standards couldn’t even make it out of committee. Yet the issue was revived during the final days of the overtime session as a way to leverage votes for a tax increase. Much of the opposition to the standards was based on misinformation and false claims about the federal government taking over education. “It’s all about black helicopters,” said Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka. “This bill is why, on occasions in the past, the state of Kansas has become the laughingstock of the country.” At least Kansas won’t be a punch line this time.
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