Climate change debate shadows Kansas school board hopefuls

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas State Board of Education races this year are shadowed by an emerging conflict over science standards for public schools.

And it's not all about evolution.

Climate change is a potential political flashpoint. Kansas is working with 25 other states and the National Research Council on common standards.

If adopted next year, the guidelines could encourage schools to spend far more time teaching students about the Earth's climate and how human activity affects it.

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State board candidates are used to questions about the state's science standards because of past debates about how evolution should be taught. The possibility of a similar debate about climate change is a new twist as the Nov. 6 election approaches.

Five of the board's 10 seats are on the ballot, and three races are contested.

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