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Georgia House Bill 391

House Bill 391 was introduced in the state legislature in February 2001, and referred to the Education Committee. The bill was not taken up in committee before the legislature adjourned on March 21. This bill would have allowed teachers "to present and critique any and all scientific theories" about "the origins of life and living things, including the origins of humankind." It also encouraged teachers "to make distinctions between philosophical materialism and authentic science..." Read the text of HB 391 at http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2001_02/sum/hb391.htm

Kansas Board of Education Reinstates Evolution

On February 14, 2001, a newly-seated Kansas State Board of Education voted 7-3 to restore evolution to the Kansas science education standards. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Research Council issued a joint statement praising the SBE for their action. Here is their press release:

Scott, Gish, Meyer, Ruse in Science and Religion Panel

NCSE Director Dr. Eugenie C. Scott appeared at a science and religion conference in June, 2000, sponsored by the Berkeley-based Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. Proceedings of this conference are now available through audio and video online. See and hear Scott as well as young earth creationist Duane Gish and intelligent design proponent Steven Meyer, and NCSE member Michael Ruse plus many other notables at the CTNS web page, linked below.

http://www.counterbalance.net/evoprov/index-body.html

NCSE's Petto Featured on Pennsylvania Standards Discussion

NCSE Board Member and Reports of the NCSE editor Dr. Andrew J. Petto is featured on a Philadelphia NPR station WHYY interview program discussing evolution in the Pennsylvania State Science Standards. Click here to listen!

Creation Books in Library

Dakota County: A parent in School District 196 (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan) has been trying to donate copies of 2 `intelligent design` books, Darwin on Trial and Darwin’s Black Box, to all of the district’s secondary school media centers. The donations were rejected by district media specialists because the books do not match criteria of appropriateness and usefulness in support of the biology curriculum.