Federal Judge: Kansas Science Standards Does Not Violate Religious Freedoms

Dec 3, 2014

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleges science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism and violate the religious freedom of students and parents.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled yesterday that Citizens for Objective Public Education and other people challenging the standards did not claim specific enough injuries to allow the case to go forward.

Last year, the State Board of Education adopted Common Core Education standards. The standards were developed by the National Research Council, Kansas, and 25 other states. The guidelines treat both evolution and climate change as key scientific concepts.

Citizens for Objective Public Education is a a non-profit group based in Peck, Kansas. Parents and taxpayers joined the group.

Crabtree noted that even with the standards, local school districts still control what's taught in classrooms.