According to an August 19, 2000, article in The New York Times, National Heritage Academies, Inc, is among the organizations that have submitted bids to operate schools in New York City under a privatization program. But NCSE has learned that National Heritage Academies is not under consideration for the program.
In September 2000, it was confirmed that the Ohio House Education Committee will not meet again until further notice. HB 679, the bill requiring that “evidence against evolution” be taught whenever evolution is taught, was not acted upon by the committee during 2000 and was not considered before the legislature adjourned. However, concerned NCSE members report that several legislators expressed their approval of the bill and new legislation may be introduced in a future session. Meanwhile, the bill’s chief sponsor, Ron Hood, lost his bid for re-election in November 2000.
Kanawha County: A parent has filed a complaint with the Kanawha County Board of Education claiming that science textbooks used there contain `false and fraudulent` information about evolution. The parent and 30 cosigners opposed to evolution assert that the textbooks are in violation of state law because they are outdated or inaccurate. As evidence that textbooks which include evolution are flawed, they cite the recent book Icons of Evolution. Similarly-based attacks on evolution education are appearing in other locations as well.
A national conference on the teaching of evolution, attended by representatives of more than 50 scientific and educational societies, was held in Berkeley, CA, the weekend of October 6-7-8. See the report NCTE on NCSE´s `Teaching Evolution` Resource page. old site
by Judy Scotchmoor
"EVOLUTION IS GOOD SCIENCE"Setting an historic precedent, representatives from over 45 scientific, educational, and media organizations gathered at the University of California at Berkeley, October 5-8, 2000 to develop strategies for improving public understanding of evolution. The first National Conference on the Teaching of Evolution (NCTE) was supported by the National Science Foundation, the University of California Museum of Paleontology, and the Geological Society of America.