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New Science Standards Adopted

On August 28 the New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) voted 13-0 to adopt the final draft of new science standards without any modifications. Opponents of evolution had campaigned for changes in wording which would have implictly cast doubt on the position of evolutionary theory in science and especially on the concept of "macroevolution". The group Intelligent Design Network - New Mexico was prominent among those seeking changes in the treatment of evolution. The SBE did not accept any of their proposals.

"IDnet" Expands to Third State

An organization which has actively promoted intelligent design creationism and opposed evolution education in Kansas and Ohio in recent years has now opened a branch in New Mexico. Intelligent Design network, inc. ("IDnet") of Shawnee Mission, Kansas announced the creation of Intelligent Design Network of New Mexico in a July 23 press release. The announcement implies that IDnet is also looking to expand to other states as well. IDnet is led by retired lawyer John Calvert; IDnet of New Mexico will be led by Joe Renick, a mechanical engineer.

High School `Creation Club`

Silver City: A high school `Creation Club` is being formed to counter evolution being taught in science classes. Students have been distributing creationist literature on campus. Such clubs are permitted under the Equal Access Act, with certain restrictions, including that the club be entirely directed and made up of students and school staff (`nonschool persons may not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend activities of student groups`).

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