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Rio Rancho School Board Amends Science Policy

On April 10, 2006 the school board in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, voted 4-1 to amend their Science Policy 401. According to an article in the April 11 issue of the Albuquerque Journal, the policy, adopted in August, 2005 by a 3-2 vote, had been strongly opposed by district science teachers and others because of wording which seemed to promote teaching intelligent design. A board member who has opposed the policy told the Journal that it was "...

Weakened version of Michigan antievolution bill progresses

Michigan's House Bill 5251 passed the House Education Committee by a vote of 15-2 on June 28, 2006, according to a report [Link broken] in the Saginaw News (June 29, 2006).

Respite in Oklahoma

No fewer than four antievolution bills were introduced in the Oklahoma legislature during its 2006 session: HB 2107 (encouraging the presentation of "the full range of scientific views" with regard to "biological or chemical origins of life"), HB 2526 (authorizing school districts to teach "intelligent design"), SB 1959 (encouraging the presentation of "the full range of scientific views"), and HCR 1043 (encouraging the state board of education and local school boards to ensure that students are able to "critically evaluate scientific theories including, but not limited to, the theory of evolution" with regard to "biological or chemical origins of life").

Creationist lawsuit against UC system to proceed?

The recent lawsuit -- Association of Christian Schools International et al. v. Roman Stearns et al. -- that charges the University of California system with violating the constitutional rights of applicants from Christian schools whose high school coursework is deemed inadequate preparation for college -- is apparently going to proceed. In what the Associated Press described [Link broken] (June 28, 2006) as a "tentative ruling," Judge S.

"Intelligent design" legislation in New York dies

When the New York State Assembly's legislative session ended on June 23, 2006, Assembly Bill 8036 [Link broken] died in committee. If enacted, the bill would have required that "all pupils in grades kindergarten through twelve in all public schools in the state ...


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