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The Elementary and Secondary Education Authorization Act which is headed for the President's signature does not contain the antievolution "Santorum amendment", though there is brief mention of the topic of evolution in explanatory materials appended to the law. The good news for teachers is that they will not have to teach evolution any differently as a result of the new legislation.
BackgroundSince the summer of 2001, a joint Senate-House conference committee has attempted to resolve the House and Senate versions of the Elementary and
NCSE in cooperation with the University of California Museum of Paleontology has prepared a "Blueprint for an Evolution Education Workshop." This "how to" guide is a project arising from discussions held at the National Conference on the Teaching of Evolution, held in October, 2000 in Berkeley (http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/ncte/).
On November 15, 2001, the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) unanimously approved the latest version of the Science and Technology education standards proposed by the state’s Board of Education (BoE). This is the last step before adoption and implementation of the standards, which will be reviewed again in five years.