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Education Officials Seek To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Common Core Science Standards

Kansas education officials want to dismiss a federal lawsuit over new, multi-state science standards.

The group that filed the suit claims the guidelines promote atheism and violate students' religious freedoms.

Attorneys for the State Board of Education, its 10 members, the Department of Education, and Commissioner Diane DeBacker filed the request on Thursday.

They argued that Citizens for Objective Public Education and the 15 parents who joined it in the suit can't show they were harmed by the standards, which were adopted in June.

State lawyers say the state board provides only general supervision of local schools, and decisions about what's taught are made locally.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs did not immediately return the AP's phone call.