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Kansas seeks dismissal of suit on science standards

Associated Press - December 6, 2013 4:35 am

The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed the "Hard 50" murder sentence of a Wichita man but refused to rule whether changes made by legislators to the law in 2013 can be applied.

The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed the "Hard 50" murder sentence of a Wichita man but refused to rule whether changes made by legislators to the law in 2013 can be applied.

Kansas education officials are seeking dismissal of a federal lawsuit over new, multistate science standards filed by a group that claims the guidelines promote atheism and violate students’ religious freedoms.

Attorneys for the State Board of Education, its 10 members, the Department of Education and Commissioner Diane DeBacker filed the request Thursday.

They argued that Citizens for Objective Public Education and the 15 parents who joined it in challenging the standards can’t show they were harmed by the state board’s adoption of them in June. Among other things, the suing parties object to how evolution is handled.

State lawyers said the state board provides only general supervision of local schools, and decisions about what’s taught are made locally.

An attorney for the suing parties didn’t immediately return a telephone message.

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