Kan. Ed Candidate Defends Anti-Evolution Changes

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A conservative Republican seeking re-election to the state school board is defending now-repealed science standards that questioned the validity of evolution.

Kathy Martin's first election victory in 2004 gave conservative Republicans control of the State Board of Education.

The next year, it adopted the anti-evolution standards.

After a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans regained control of the board in 2006, they rewrote the science standards again.

Martin, from Clay Center, holds the 6th District seat. She said the issue is not censoring anything in science.

But her Democratic opponent, Christopher Renner of Manhattan said the issue is endorsing what he calls pseudo-science.

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