science standards

A nonprofit group that believes science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism has appealed a federal judge's dismissal of its lawsuit.

Citizens for Objective Public Education went to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver yesterday.

They want to overturn U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree's recent decision that rejected their claim that the standards violate the religious freedoms of students and parents.

Crabtree ruled that opponents did not allege specific enough injuries from their adoption last year to allow the lawsuit to proceed.

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.

State Officials Back New Science Standards Despite Lawsuit

Sep 30, 2013

Kansas education officials are committed to using new science standards in public schools, despite a federal lawsuit attempting to block them.

The State Board of Education and the State Department of Education are defending the multistate standards, which the board adopted in June after two years of consideration.

Parents and a non-profit group filed a lawsuit last week, criticizing the way the standards treat evolution.

The guidelines say that evolution is a well-established scientific theory.

An anti-evolution group has filed a federal lawsuit to block Kansas from using new, multistate science standards in its public schools.

via the Thomas B. Fordham Institute

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute says the Kansas is replacing some of the nation's strongest science standards for public schools with weaker, multi-state guidelines. The education think tank released its findings today.

Educators from 26 states, plus the National Research Council, worked together to develop the new standards. The Kansas Board of Education voted to adopt just this week.

State Board Of Education Adopts Science Standards

Jun 11, 2013

The Kansas state school board has approved new science standards for public schools.

Science Standards Raise Cost Concerns

Apr 16, 2013

Kansas officials involved in drafting new science standards for public schools are trying to reassure the State Board of Education that retraining teachers and buying new classroom materials won't be unusually expensive.

Board Of Education To Receive Science Standards

Apr 14, 2013

Kansas officials will receive an overview of the latest draft of new science standards for public schools being developed by a national consortium.

Report: Science Reduced In Kansas Elementary Schools

Nov 14, 2012

A new report says elementary schools in Kansas and surrounding states have reduced, or even eliminated, science education in recent years to emphasize reading and math.

The Kansas State Board of Education was told Tuesday that one in five elementary teachers in Kansas and surrounding states are recording science grades even when they don't teach the subject.

Kansas Officials Defend Proposed Science Standards

Kansas officials involved in drafting proposed science standards have disputed an Emporia State University biology professor’s criticism of the guidelines as weak.

Matt Krehbiel is the state Department of Education official overseeing work on the standards for Kansas public schools. Krehbiel said Tuesday the goal is to concentrate on important core, scientific concepts. And State Board of Education Chair David Dennis said he thinks the work is moving in the right direction.