A “yes” vote isn’t always a good thing.

My opponent said that he voted for HB 2292 “because I believe that curriculum standards should be set by the state and local school boards, not by the federal government or coalitions outside out state.”  Esau’s March 28 newsletter

Apparently, my opponent doesn’t know that:

  • Common Core Standards are now known as College and Career Ready Standards in the state of Kansas. Implementation of the locally-developed curriculum that meets these standards was initiated with the approval of the match curriculum in December 2012, followed by the approval of the English Language Arts curriculum in January 2013.
  • The federal government was not involved in the standards development and has not mandated adoption of the standards.
  • States that adopted the Common Core Standards were able to add unique, state-specific content to the standards. In Kansas, we incorporated an emphasis on Career and Technical Education. The standards, with that emphasis, are known as the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS).
  • Implementation of the standards is completely in the hands of states and local school districts.
  • Upon the recommendation of the Kansas Math and Reading Review Committees, the State Board of Education adopted the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards in October 2010, a full year before states were aware that waivers to NCLB would be available.

Source: http://www.olatheschools.com/schools2/programs/common-core-ccr-standards

Had HB 2292 passed (thankfully it didn’t), my opponent’s vote would have cost the state approximately $2.3M. I also read that this could have potentially cost an additional $9M to implement — hey, KDOT…

Source: Fiscal Note for HB 2292