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Monday, November 26, 2007

The Next Battleground?

Could there soon be a new battleground in the ongoing fight to add “intelligent design” to the public school science curriculum? Four of the seven board members of the Florida School District of Polk County want to revamp science standards, feeling that ID should be taught alongside evolution in the science classroom (feelings that challenge current law and are at odds with the scientific community). The board members voiced their opinions in response to proposed new state science standards that list "evolution" as one the "big ideas" Florida students must learn. It's expected the state Department of Education will approve the new standards in January, and it's too early to say how the school board's opposition might play out, but the hot spot of Polk County could very well be the site of the next ID flareup. —Stephen Mapes