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On July 12, 2001 the Pennsylvania Board of Education gave final approval to revised science standards. Some language in preliminary versions of the standards had raised questions about their treatment of evolution. Science educators and other Pennsylvania citizens expressed concern that the proposed standards might open the way to teaching creationism in science classes because of ambiguous or unclear wording. However, the final standards do not contain these potential problems. The standards now must be approved by the legislature.
In early August, 2001 a committee of eight teachers and a high school principal in Chetek, Wisconsin decided that "biology lessons would be limited to the theory of evolution". The committee met this summer "to discuss teaching creationism and review the curriculum in the science class." The district superintendent formed the committee in response to a petition filed by parents in May asking that creationism and evolution both be taught in science courses.
House Bill 1323 was introduced in the General Assembly in January and referred to the Education Committee. The text of the bill reads: "Sec. 18. The governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation." HB 1323 was not heard in committee before the General Assembly adjourned for the year. It is now listed on their website as "no longer under consideration".
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.
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.