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Pennsylvania School District Cancels Creationism Seminar

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 ) to address students during an assembly during school hours on March 25. Those not wishing to attend could choose not to do so. High school principal Brian Jackson reviewed a tape from Grohman, who asserts that evolution is not true science and that both creationism and evolution should be taught in public schools, according to a story in the Washington, Pennsylvania, Observer-Reporter on January 25.

Pennsylvannia School District Votes for Creationism Seminar

The West Green School Board in Rogersville, Pennsylvania voted on Thursday, January 24th, to allow a Biblical Creationist to give a creationism seminar to students during class time. Those not wishing to attend could choose not to do so.

High School Principal Brian Jackson reviewed a tape from Creationist Steve Grohman, who asserts that evolution is not true science and both creationism and evolution should be taught, according to the Observer-Reporter.

Final Science Standards Approved

On November 15, 2001, the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) unanimously approved the latest version of the Science and Technology education standards proposed by the state’s Board of Education (BoE). This is the last step before adoption and implementation of the standards, which will be reviewed again in five years.

State Science Standards Approved by Legislature

Pennsylvania's proposed new science education standards have been approved by both the House and Senate Education Committees. This final revision does not contain the potentially anti-evolution language originally contained in the draft standards. NCSE members and others opposed to opening the door for teaching of creationism in public schools have worked for more than a year to remove this ambiguity from the standards.

State Board Approves Revised Science Standards

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.

School Board Members Oppose Science Textbooks

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.

School Board Members Oppose Science Textbooks

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.

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