At the start of December we wrote Kansas NGSS Case — Dismissed! That was about a suit filed in the US District Court in Topeka, Kansas to bar the state from implementing the evolution-friendly Next Generation Science Standards (the “NGSS”). The lead creationist plaintiff has the Orwellian name of “Citizens for Objective Public Education, Inc.” (COPE).
Among the lawyers for the plaintiffs is John Calvert, who made a name for himself during the Kansas evolution hearings back in 2005. Wikipedia lists him among the participants and says that he “has worked closely with the Discovery Institute in finding constitutionally allowable ways to bring intelligent design and failing there, Teach the Controversy, into public schools.”
Because of the dismissal, we left the Kansas case out when we posted Thrills That Await Us in 2015, in which we listed the unresolved court cases we were following. Now we’ll have to add a correction to that post. Here’s why:
In the Emporia Gazette of Emporia, Kansas we just found this headline: Critics of Kansas science standards appeal ruling. It’s an Associated Press story, so we can’t excerpt much of it. Phooey on them! We don’t need to excerpt anything — the headline tells the tale.
The appeal process usually takes a long time, and there probably won’t be any news about the case until it’s over. Meanwhile, you feel the need to check things out for yourself, our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have been archiving the pleadings here: COPE v. Kansas State BOE. We always like to call your attention to “Exhibit A” attached to the complaint, which starts at page 37. It’s an astounding collection of mind-numbing creationist arguments.
Also, you can find generalized links to information at the Justia website: COPE et al v. Kansas State Board of Education et al, but you can’t access the court’s docket, which lists what’s been filed, nor can you read the pleadings without a PACER subscription. No problem — NCSE does it for you.
But you don’t need to bother with any of that that. Your Curmudgeon is on the job, and we’ll be watching.
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