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03.29.2018

When the Idaho legislature adjourned sine die on March 28, 2018, a three-year-long struggle over new state science standards ended, with a generally positive outcome.

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03.29.2018

A pair of "Campus Free Speech Acts," Assembly Bill 299 and Senate Bill 250, died in the Wisconsin legislature on March 28, 2018, when they failed to meet a deadline.

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03.28.2018

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About two thirds of Americans overall realize that most scientists think that global warming is occurring and that it is caused by human activities, according to a new poll from Gallup. But the partisan polarization of opinion on climate change continues to be clear. 

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03.22.2018

Senate Resolution 33 (PDF), introduced in the Louisiana Senate on March 20, 2018, would, if passed, commend a former state senator "on his support and endorsement of teaching creationism in public schools."

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03.21.2018

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NCSE is seeking to hire one or two part-time summer interns to work on science education activism projects, with a particular focus on either climate change education or evolution education. 

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03.15.2018

Stephen Hawking. Photo: NASA via Wikimedia CommonsThe eminent physicist Stephen Hawking died on March 14, 2018, at the age of 76, according to The New York Times (March 14, 2018).

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03.14.2018

Idaho's House Concurrent Resolution 60 (PDF), introduced by the House Education Committee on March 12, 2018, would, if enacted, delete a single standard — ESS 3-4-1 — from the proposed science standards currently under legislative review.

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03.13.2018

Duane JefferyDuane Jeffery, a former member of NCSE's board of directors, a member of its advisory council, and professor emeritus of biology at Brigham Young University, is to be honored with the National Science Teachers Association's Presidential Citation for 2018, according to a

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03.12.2018

When the Florida legislature adjourned sine die on March 11, 2018, two pairs of bills that would, in their different ways, have undermined the integrity of science education in the Sunshine State died.

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03.09.2018

 

Iowa's House File 2317, which if enacted would have reversed the state's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards in 2005, died on February 16, 2018, when a deadline for bills to pass committee in their house of origin passed.

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03.09.2018

John Sulston, PLoSThe distinguished biologist John Sulston died on March 6, 2018, at the age of 75, according to the Guardian (March 9, 2018).

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03.05.2018

Cover of NCSE's annual report for 2017NCSE's annual report for 2017 is now available (PDF) on NCSE's website.

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03.02.2018

Connecticut's Senate Bill 345 would, if enacted, require the teaching of climate change "consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards" in the state's public schools, and would also task the state department of energy and environmental protection with helping local and regional school districts develop appropriate curricula to do so.

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02.28.2018

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NCSE is seeking to hire a Director of Communications. 

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02.28.2018

Robert LuhnNCSE bids farewell to Robert Luhn, who joined NCSE as its first Director of Communication in 2008. Bringing his decades of expertise as a technology and environmental journalist to the job, Luhn was instrumental in raising NCSE's profile among traditional and new media and in connecting journalists with NCSE staff.

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02.27.2018

Climate Fwd: logoNCSE was featured in Climate Fwd:The New York Times's e-newsletter "with stories and insights about climate change" — for February 21, 2018: "climate change is presented as a controversial subject in a significant number of American classrooms, according to research from the National Center for Science Education."

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02.26.2018

Florida's House Bill 827 and Senate Bill 1644 — similar bills that would make it easier for creationists and climate change deniers to smuggle instructional materials they favor into public school classrooms — were front and center in a recent report (February 23, 2018) in the journal Nature on legislation targeting the integrity of science education.

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02.26.2018

"After three years of resistance at the GOP-dominated Idaho Statehouse, including more pushback from House Republicans this session, the Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 on Thursday to approve revised school science standards as-is — with no parts relating to climate change deleted," reports the Idaho Statesman (February 22, 2018).

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02.16.2018

Florida's House Bill 827 — which would make it easier for creationists and climate change deniers to smuggle instructional materials they favor into public school classrooms — was approved, with slight modifications, by the House Education Committee on a 19-0 vote on February 15, 2018.

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02.16.2018

Pennsylvania"For the second time in a decade, a state appeals court has told a taxpayer that he can't sue his school district because it teaches the theory of evolution in science class," reported PennLive (February 16, 2018).

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02.16.2018

On February 13, 2018, the Ohio state board of education voted to adopt a new set of science standards — although not without the appearance of a last-minute amendment that seems to have been intended to undermine the teaching of evolution.

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02.14.2018

At its February 14, 2018, meeting, Idaho's Senate Education Committee heard testimony on the proposed state science standards. According to the Spokane Spokesman-Review (February 14, 2018), "fourteen people testified, all strongly in favor of adopting the revised standards as presented by the state Board of Education, rather than deleting parts."

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02.14.2018

Naomi OreskesNCSE is delighted to congratulate Michael E. Mann on his selection to receive the 2018 Public Engagement with Science Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in recognition of his "tireless efforts to communicate the science of climate change to the media, public[,] and policymakers."

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02.13.2018

House File 2317, introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on February 12, 2018, and referred to the House Education Committee, would, if enacted, revert the state's science standards to "the science standards utilized by school districts in this state during the 2014-2015 school year" — just before the state adopted the Next Generation Science Standards.

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02.13.2018

Florida's Senate Bill 1644 — which would make it easier for creationists and climate change deniers to smuggle instructional materials they favor into public school classrooms — was approved by the Senate Education Committee on a 7-3 vote on February 12, 2018. 

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