The proposed state budget in Kansas was amended last week to prohibit the state from spending money in fiscal 2014 or 2015 to implement the Common Core State Standards, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards. Proponents of the funding ban say they oppose the cost and the federal government's role in education, while common core supporters say the standards will improve schools. "We harangue our schools to get with it and make education better. And when they are trying to move forward we slam the door on it," said Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat.

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