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Washington Senate Bill 6058

Senate Bill 6058 was introduced in the state legislature in February 2001, and referred to the Education Committee. The bill would require "all science textbooks purchased with state moneys" to contain an evolution disclaimer very similar to that required in Alabama since 1995. The bill had not been taken up in committee before the legislature adjourned its regular session on April 22.

For the text of SB 6058, see http://dlr.leg.wa.gov/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2001&bill=6058

Kansas Board of Education Reinstates Evolution

On February 14, 2001, a newly-seated Kansas State Board of Education voted 7-3 to restore evolution to the Kansas science education standards. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Research Council issued a joint statement praising the SBE for their action. Here is their press release:

Creation Books in Library

Dakota County: A parent in School District 196 (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan) has been trying to donate copies of 2 `intelligent design` books, Darwin on Trial and Darwin’s Black Box, to all of the district’s secondary school media centers. The donations were rejected by district media specialists because the books do not match criteria of appropriateness and usefulness in support of the biology curriculum.

High School `Creation Club`

Silver City: A high school `Creation Club` is being formed to counter evolution being taught in science classes. Students have been distributing creationist literature on campus. Such clubs are permitted under the Equal Access Act, with certain restrictions, including that the club be entirely directed and made up of students and school staff (`nonschool persons may not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend activities of student groups`).

Scott, Gish, Meyer, Ruse in Science and Religion Panel

NCSE Director Dr. Eugenie C. Scott appeared at a science and religion conference in June, 2000, sponsored by the Berkeley-based Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. Proceedings of this conference are now available through audio and video online. See and hear Scott as well as young earth creationist Duane Gish and intelligent design proponent Steven Meyer, and NCSE member Michael Ruse plus many other notables at the CTNS web page, linked below.

http://www.counterbalance.net/evoprov/index-body.html

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