Kan. education board to take up science standards

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Board of Education’s review of proposed science standards for public schools has become tangled in a larger debate about adopting multi-state academic guidelines.

The board’s agenda Tuesday included a possible vote on the science standards drafted by Kansas, 25 other states and the National Research Council.

They treat both evolution and climate change as well-established scientific concepts to be taught starting in kindergarten. The new standards also emphasize hands-on projects.

The current, evolution-friendly standards were adopted in 2007, but state law requires them to be updated regularly. Past work on the guidelines have been shadowed by debates about evolution.

The board was hearing more than two hours of testimony on whether adopting Common Core math and science standards will be expensive and sacrifice local control of schools.

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