The battle over the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has flared up in a new state—Kansas.

The NGSS standards are a nationwide attempt to improve science education in the US, and they have been backed by organizations such as the National Research Council, National Science Teachers Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. But because they include the mainstream, science-based views on evolution and climate change, the standards faced public opposition in Kentucky that forced the governor to intervene to get them approved.

A handful of other states have adopted the standards.

The most surprising is Kansas, which has an awkward past when it comes to science education.

The state booted evolution from its science standards at least twice in the last few decades. But Kansas’ approval of the NGSS standards may have been the calm before the storm. Since that, the state Republican Party has called for their withdrawal, and now a lawsuit has been filed that claims the standards’ focus on natural causes will violate students’ religious freedom.     

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