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School Board Rejects, Then Accepts, Science Textbooks

In April the Brodhead School District board voted not to adopt two sets of elementary and middle school science books which had been recommended by district staff after a year of review. According to press reports, some board members "expressed concern on how evolution was presented in the books, more as fact than theory".

At its May meeting, the board decided to accept the textbooks, after having had a chance to review them in the meantime. No further comments about evolution were reported.

School Board Members Oppose Science Textbooks

Two members of the Spring-Ford Area School District Board of School Directors opposed several new science textbooks considered at their May meeting. One member was quoted in news reports as feeling that the books "approach to teaching evolution was too limiting", and that students should be exposed to other theories besides evolution, such as creationism. The board voted 6-2 to acquire the texts which were recommended by the district's science selection committee.

School Board Members Oppose Science Textbooks

Two members of the Spring-Ford Area School District Board of School Directors opposed several new science textbooks considered at their May meeting. One member was quoted in news reports as feeling that the books "approach to teaching evolution was too limiting", and that students should be exposed to other theories besides evolution, such as creationism. The board voted 6-2 to acquire the texts which were recommended by the district's science selection committee.

Board Members Support "Creation Science"

At the June 13 Plymouth Public Schools board meeting in Plymouth, Connecticut two members recommended giving "equal time" to creation science or other alternatives to evolution in biology classes. The chairman of the curriculum subcommittee of the school board was quoted in news reports as being upset that current biology classes in the district "are based solely on the theory of evolution." While no changes were made in the curriculum, both members called for "teaching both sides of the story" in the future.

"Alternatives to Evolution" Proposed by School Board Member

The board of the Roseville City School District considered the adoption of local science standards at their June 14 meeting. One board member had been quoted in news reports as supporting changes to allow teaching "intelligent design" as an alternative to evolution in science classes. She had also suggested using some sort of evolution "disclaimer" or allowing students to "opt out" of evolution segments of courses. The board voted 4-1 to adopt the science standards without changes, and without any "opt-out" provision.

Senate Passes Antievolution Resolution

On June 13, 2001, the US Senate adopted a "Sense of the Senate" amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Authorization bill, S.1, currently under consideration. The resolution (Amendment #799) read:

"It is the sense of the Senate that (1) good science education should prepare students to distinguish the data or testable theories of science from philosophical or religious claims that are made in the name of science; and

Evolution an Issue in Teacher's Firing

Colin Dovichin, a first-year teacher at Lancaster High School, claims he is losing his job because he would not give in to pressure from parents to teach creationism alongside evolution in his science classroom. He also claims that he was attacked as "an atheist".

LeVake "Arguments Against Evolution" Case Fails

The effort of Rodney LeVake to argue he had free exercise, free speech, and due process rights to teach "evidence against evolution" has failed. The Minnesota Appeals Court on May 8, 2001 supported the summary judgement dismissal decision of the Minnesota District Court of last year.

Regarding the free exercise of religion claim, the Appeals Court wrote:

Michigan House Bill 4705

House Bill 4705 was introduced in the legislature in May 2001, and referred to the Education Committee. As with HB 4382, four Education Committee members are co-sponsors of this bill. As of this writing, the bill has not been heard in committee.

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