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Rodney LeVake Appeals

Faribault: Attorneys representing creationist teacher Rodney LeVake appealed a decision ruling that school administrators had the right to reassign him to a general science class where he would not teach about evolution. NCSE will inform readers of further developments.

New York City Schools

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.

Ohio Antievolution Bill Dropped

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.

Parent Opposition to Evolution

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parent and 30 cosigners opposed to evolution assert that the textbooks are in violation of state law because they are outdated or inaccurate.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.

National Conference on Teaching Evolution

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

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