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As the Florida state board of education prepared to consider a final draft of a new set of state science standards, Floridians offered their opinions at a last-minute meeting held in Orlando on February 11, 2008. Over eighty speakers addressed the state commissioner of education, Eric Smith, and, via webcast, the board. A video of the entire meeting is available on the department's website.
The American Geophysical Union reaffirmed its support for teaching evolution in December 2007, when it adopted a revised version of its Biological Evolution and the History of the Earth Are Foundations of Science statement. The statement begins, "AGU affirms the central importance of including scientific theories of Earth history and biological evolution in science education.
In a recent statement, the Texas Academy of Sciences expressed its support for teaching evolution -- which it described as "the primary unifying cognitive framework in the biological sciences" -- and its opposition to including creationism (including "intelligent design") in the state's scientific curricula. The Academy's statement emphasized in particular the economic importance of science education, noting, "Modern industry requires a scientifically educated workforce.