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The wording of HB 1563 resembles the "Santorum amendment" to last year's federal education bill, which was removed in conference committee. The phrasing matches the common rhetoric of such evolution opponents as intelligent design creationists. The relevant portion HB 1563 reads:
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.
At the Ohio Board of Education meeting held March 11th, 2002, Center for Renewal of Science and Culture (CRSC) Director Stephen Meyer and CRSC Senior Fellow Jonathan Wells presented the board with a bibliography of forty four papers published in peer reviewed scientific literature.
In a fifteen-page analysis sent earlier this week to every member of the Ohio Board of Education, the National Center for Science Education exposed the Discovery Institute’s “Bibliography of Supplementary Resources for Ohio Science Instruction” as a systematic misrepresentation of the scientific literature that it cites.
Over the objection of the standing room only crowd, the board voted unanimously to adopt the science textbooks, included in a $7.7 million package that also includes books for health and physical education.
At the March 11, 2002, panel discussion on evolution in front of the Ohio Board of Education, the Discovery Institute's Stephen Meyer claimed that encouragement to teach alternatives to evolution was part of the recently signed No Child Left Behind Act. Brown University biologist Kenneth R. Miller responded by using his computer to search the text of the law for the word "evolution" - unsuccessfully. Now anti-evolutionists are claiming that there is such language in the law and that Miller was being intentionally misleading.
In response to Senator Rick Santorum's March 14 op-ed piece in the Washington Times, which implied that Senator Edward Kennedy approved of teaching "intelligent design" in public school science classes, Kennedy explained in a March 21, 2002, letter to the Times that he does not; "intelligent design," he said, "is not a genuine scientific theory." The complete text of his letter:
Proposed creationist changes would be “shameful”, according to nationally recognized science curriculum expert.
March 11, Oakland, California — Ohio’s science education will improve from an F grade to an A if the new proposed statewide science standards are accepted as is, according to Dr. Lawrence Lerner, a nationally recognized expert on state science standards. But creationists may not allow that to happen.
On March 5 the Ohio House of Representatives began hearings on two bills introduced as the controversy over new state science standards continues. Rep. Linda Reidelbach, a Columbus Republican, is the primary sponsor of both bills.
On January 24, 2002, the West Greene school board voted 6-2 to allow young-earth creationist Steve Grohman (who maintains a web site at