Kansas officials stand by science standards

10/1/2013

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas education officials say they're committed to

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas education officials say they're committed to

the use of new science standards in public schools despite a federal

lawsuit attempting to block the guidelines.

The State Board of Education and state Department of Education are

defending multistate standards adopted by the board in June. They issued

a joint statement noting that the standards were approved after nearly

two years of work on them.

The lawsuit was filed last week by parents and a nonprofit group that

had criticized the standards over how they treat evolution. The

guidelines reflect the mainstream scientific view that evolution is

well-established science.

The plaintiffs contend the standards will have schools indoctrinating

students with an atheistic philosophy, in violation of their religious

freedoms.

But the board and department said the standards provide strong science education.

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