On November 8, 2005, the Kansas Board of Education voted 6-4 to adopt revised science standards that required students to study the theory of intelligent design in addition to evolution. Intelligent design is a scientific theory adopted from creationism that states that life is too complex to have evolved without aid from a higher power. The Board voted to adopt the new educational standards three days after the close of a landmark Pennsylvania case, Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, which challenged the teaching of intelligent design in Dover, Pennsylvania. In February 2007, the Kansas School Board also voted 6-4 to reject the 2005 curriculum amendments and return the definition of science to one that excluded intelligent design.
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