Supreme Court won’t review suit on Kansas science standards

Supreme Court (Media General photo)
Supreme Court (Media General photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a nonprofit group’s lawsuit claiming that science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism.

The high court on Monday rejected a petition from a nonprofit Kansas group calling itself Citizens for Objective Public Education. The decision came without comment.

The group sought a review by the high court after a ruling in April by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver affirmed a federal judge’s dismissal of the lawsuit.

The group challenged standards adopted in 2013 by the Kansas State Board of Education that treat evolution and climate change as key scientific concepts.

The appeals court agreed with U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree that opponents of the standards had no standing to sue because they could not show an injury.