THERE’S MORE to report about the Kansas State Board of Education elections. You may recall that in the District 10 race, the pro-science faction gained a seat because both candidates favored the current science standards, and they were running for the seat of Steve Abrams, a creationist who was quitting the board after 14 years.
The departure of Abrams is a major advantage for the board and for Kansas schools, because he’s not merely a creationist — he’s openly a young-earth creationist. He and Kathy Martin were quite a team during the Kansas evolution hearings back in 2005. But the advantage for Kansas science education may be only temporary.
Abrams declined to run for re-election in order to try for a seat in the state Senate. We previously gave you a link to that story: Abrams finds new direction. Excerpt:
After serving 14 years on the Kansas State Board of Education, Abrams is running for a seat in the Kansas Senate. He is taking on four-term incumbent Democrat Greta Goodwin of Winfield.
On the state board, the Arkansas City veterinarian pushed for science standards that would allow alternatives to Darwinian evolution to be taught in Kansas public schools. He is immediate past chairman of the board.
But that leaves you in suspense. What happened to Abrams’ bid for the state senate? In the Winfield Daily Courier we read: Abrams re-writes role in Topeka. Excerpts:
Steve Abrams was back at work this morning at the Cottonwood Animal Clinic after winning the race for State Senate District 32. He did three surgeries on animals this morning. Still, he was excited to have won the race over incumbent Sen. Greta Goodwin, 13,724-11,819.
A creationist veterinary surgeon. Life is strange. Continuing:
Abrams, R-Arkansas City, has been on the Kansas State Board of Education for several years, but he decided to run for state senate this time instead of seeking reelection. His term on the state board ends Jan. 12, the same day his term as a state senator begins.
The article briefly mentions a few state issues (casinos, hospitals) but not creationism. However, don’t be surprised if, among Abrams’ first official moves, he introduces into the Kansas senate some version of the Discovery Institute’s Academic Freedom Act. And remember, you read it here first.
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