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parent and 30 cosigners opposed to evolution assert that the textbooks are in violation of state law because they are outdated or inaccurate.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