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ASHG Begins Evolution Series

The American Society of Human Genetics has instituted a series of articles on evolution in the "educational resources" portion of its web page. The first two articles are "Tinkered Masterpieces or Master Tinkerer" by Charles R. Scrivner, and "Genetic Variation and Human Evolution" by Lynn B. Jorde.

School Board Won't Require Teaching "Arguments Against Evolution"

The Board of Trustees of the Roseville Joint Union High School District decided at its meeting on September 2, 2003, not to enact any district-wide policy on teaching evolution, according to the Sacramento Bee (September 7, 2003). The decision follows months of discussion on the part of the school board and activism on the part of creationists and supporters of evolution education alike.

Confusion Around Release of MN Draft Science Standards

The first draft of new state science standards has been released by the Minnesota Department of Education and posted on its website. However, the version originally posted on September 9 was removed after a short time and replaced by a slightly different one. According to a September 10 report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press (headlined "Squelched Standards Hedged on Evolution") the only difference between the two versions was in "(h)ow they described the teaching of evolution.

Textbooks Approved in Texas

On Friday, November 7, the Texas State Board of Education (SBoE) voted 11-4 to place all submitted high school and advanced placement (AP) biology books on the “conforming” list, making them eligible for adoption by local districts.

Textbooks Win Preliminary Approval in Texas

On November 6, 2003, the Texas Board of Education voted to place all eleven biology textbooks under consideration on the approved list, despite protests of antievolutionist groups about the treatment of evolution in the books. The 11-4 vote was preliminary, and the final vote will take place on November 7.

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