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Board asks Kansas AG to defend science lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The State Board of Education is asking Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to defend it in a lawsuit over its decision to adopt new science standards.

Board members met with their attorney in executive session this week about the federal lawsuit filed last month by an anti-evolution group called Citizens for Objective Public Education.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1gO92Zl ) individual board members asked for the attorney general to represent them in court.

The lawsuit names the board and individual members as defendants. It contends the new science standards promote atheism and violate the religious rights of students and parents.

The standards were developed by Kansas, 25 other states and the National Research Council. They treat evolution and climate change as key scientific concepts to be taught from kindergarten through 12th grade.