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Evolution In Public Schools Under Attack In Fla.

An anti-science bill filed in the Florida legislature concerns critics, who say it is designed to open the door to creationism in public schools.

The bill, House Bill 825, if implemented as is, would require “[c]ontroversial theories and concepts ... [to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner,” in public schools.

NM Science Standards Improved After Pushback

Facing pushback from the public, New Mexico’s Public Education Department has decided not to implement new science standards that critics said weakened the study of evolution.

N.M. Science Standards Slight Evolution

New proposed state science standards for public schools in New Mexico are drawing criticism for limiting the scientific study of evolution, downplaying human impact on climate change and failing to explain adequately the age of the Earth. 

South Dakota Legislators Stave Off Anti-Evolution Bill

Good news for the integrity of science and church-state separation in South Dakota: The state House Education Committee on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have opened the door to teaching “intelligent design” – which is really just creationism – in public school science classrooms.

Growth Industry: New Study Illustrates How Creationist Tactics Keep Evolving

A new study says that a single county policy spawned at least 65 bills to promote creationism in American public schools. Nicholas J. Matzke, a phylogeneticist based at the Australian National University, traced the bills back to a 2006 Ouachita Parish, La., curriculum policy that encouraged teachers “to help students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories.”

Science Lesson: Celebrating 10 Years Of The Dover Decision

On Dec. 20, 2005, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania handed down an important ruling in a case challenging the teaching of “intelligent design” creationism in public schools.

In Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, Jones struck down a policy that had been approved by members of the school board in Dover, Pa., a small town of about 2,000 residents. His ruling was a slam dunk, making it clear that intelligent design (ID) is not science.

W. Va. Lawsuit Claims Evolution Is Religious Doctrine

A West Virginia man is suing state and federal government bodies over the teaching of evolution in public schools. Kenneth Smith’s lawsuit names the Jefferson County Board of Education, the state school superintendent, the director of the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as plaintiffs; it argues that his daughter will not be accepted to veterinary school because her schools teach evolution as fact.

Score One For Science: Astronaut (And Presbyterian) John Glenn Says Evolution Should Be Taught In Schools

John Glenn is a pretty cool guy, to say the least. The former U.S. senator and astronaut flew more than 120 combat missions combined in both World War II and the Korean War, but he is best known as the first American to orbit the earth – a feat he accomplished in 1962.

Glenn, now 93, recently granted an interview to the Associated Press, during which he made it clear that he is a religious man who supports evolution.

Wishy-Washy Walker: Wisc. Governor Refuses To Answer Question On Evolution

Today is Darwin Day, which some people observe in order to celebrate Charles Darwin’s contributions to science. So this seems like a good opportunity to remind everyone that even 156 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species, some politicians are still struggling with the concept of evolution – and trying to force creationism into public schools.

Ohio Legislator Proposes Anti-Evolution Bill

An Ohio legislator wants to open the door to the teaching of creationism in public schools.

Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has introduced HB 597, which ostensibly deals with “controversial” topics in schools.

“In many districts, they may have a different perspective on that, and we want to provide them the flexibility to consider all perspectives, not just on matters of faith or how the Earth came into existence, but also global warming and other topics that are controversial,” Thompson told the Columbus Dispatch.

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