School teachers and Missouri lawmakers met recently to debate federal backed school standards, after one lawmaker said the standards are not helping Missouri public schools.

The Common Core Standards were generated in 2010 by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. They have been implemented in schools of 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Rep. Kurt Bahr, R- St. Charles, proposed a bill to place a ban on these standards.

Individuals who testified in favor of the bill said the program was designed without the input of Missouri educators, and gives the central government control of education.

Those opposed to the bill said the standards do not mandate how teachers must teach, but instead hold educators to a higher level and bridge a gap between students’ success from high school to college.

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