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Update from Texas

The creationists and climate change deniers reviewing biology textbooks in Texas attracted the attention of the newspaper of record. "As Texas gears up to select biology textbooks for use by high school students over the next decade, the panel responsible for reviewing submissions from publishers has stirred controversy because a number of its members do not accept evolution and climate change," The New York Times (September 28, 2013) reported.

Anti-NGSS lawsuit filed in Kansas

Are the Next Generation Science Standards unconstitutional? A complaint filed in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas on September 26, 2013, alleges so.

Barbara Forrest's warning to Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Writing in the Erie, Pennsylvania, Times-News (September 18, 2013), Barbara Forrest warned Pennsylvanians about the threatened antiscience bill in their state.

Kansas Republican Party opposes the NGSS

The Kansas Republican Party recently adopted a resolution that calls on state leaders to "prohibit adoption of any standards that require the state to cede any measure of control over their drafting and revision, including but not limited to the Next Generation Science Standards," the Lawrence Journal-World (September 16, 2013) reports.

Editorial praise for Kentucky's adoption of the NGSS

The decision in Kentucky to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards was editorially praised by the Louisville Courier-Journal (September 15, 2013).

NGSS triumphs in Kentucky

On September 11, 2013, Kentucky's governor Steve Beshear announced that he "plans to implement the new Kentucky Next Generation Standards under his own authority," as the Lexington Herald-Leader (September 11, 2013) reports.

NGSS falters in Kentucky

Despite the recommendation of the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Board of Education, a legislative committee voted not to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards for the state.

Textbooks under attack in Texas

Ideologues on official state textbook review teams are attacking the treatment of evolution and climate change in science textbooks under consideration in Texas, charged the Texas Freedom Network and the National Center for Science Education in a joint press release issued on September 9, 2013.

Holding the line in Texas textbooks

"Science scholars in Texas are giving thumbs up to coverage of evolution in proposed new high school biology textbooks," according to a press release from the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund dated August 13, 2013.

Polling Georgians about creationism

A new poll (PDF) of Georgia voters suggests that creationism is popular in the state. Asked "Would you say you believe more in creationism or evolution," 53% of respondents preferred creationism, 29% preferred evolution, and 18% were not sure.

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