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Colorado School District Rejects Creationism Effort

On April 9, 2002 the Board of Education of the Liberty J-4 School District voted 5-0 against a proposal to include creationism in its science classes. Located in Joes, Colorado, about 150 miles east of Denver, the district serves just over 100 students.

On March 12 the board had voted unanimously to include creationism. Local residents contacted NCSE requesting information about “creation science” and the legal consequences of the board’s proposal.

Letters from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Colorado American Civil Liberties Union, and the Colorado Education Association pointed out that teaching creationism in science classes is unconstitutional and warned of a potential lawsuit. This resulted in the board’s reversal of its previous vote.