Evolution overshadowed by Common Core paranoia

After all the past fights about teaching evolution, it turned out that the new state science standards (which include evolution) were overshadowed by debate about Common Core education standards at Tuesday’s Kansas State Board of Education meeting. Teachers, superintendents, state lawmakers and citizen activists spoke for and against Common Core, which is a cooperative effort by states aimed at raising education standards. “The science standards passed late in the afternoon, by which time most of the crowd had already left,” the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The state board approved Common Core standards in math and English three years ago, but tea party groups are spreading false claims that the standards are an Obama administration takeover of education.