Texas Science Standards up for Vote

Jan 22, 2009
Topic: Update
Pete Chagnon – OneNewsNow – 1/22/2009 4:30:00 AM

 The Texas State Board of Education is considering a revision of the way controversial science subjects are taught.

  Jonathan Saenz is the director of legislative affairs and an attorney with the Free Market Foundation. He says the Texas State Board of Education has been hearing testimony for those for and against the teaching of the strengths and weaknesses of evolution.
 
“And it was really divided 50-50,” he says of the testimonies. “You had half the people saying that they didn’t want strengths and weaknesses taught in our public schools regarding science.
 
“And you have the other half saying [that] this is a 20-year policy that we’ve had in place [and] there’s nothing wrong with it — it’s working. [They want to] keep the strengths and weaknesses language when it comes to science theories, particularly evolution.”
 
A vote on whether to keep the strengths and weaknesses policy will take place later today. Saenz expects a close vote. The next time the board will review science standards, he says, is in ten years.

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