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Reaction to Wyoming's blocking the NGSS

Thu, 2014-03-20 17:19

The Casper Star-Tribune (March 20, 2014) editorially decried the state legislature's decision to block the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards as "misguided and irresponsible."

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Missouri antievolution bill advances

Wed, 2014-03-19 19:45

Missouri's House Bill 1472, which would require school districts to allow parents to have their children excused from learning about evolution, was passed by the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education on March 12, 2014, after having a public hearing on February 13, 2014. The bill is not yet on the House calendar.

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Settlement in Louisiana lawsuit

Mon, 2014-03-17 16:26

There is a settlement in a Louisiana case centering on a sixth-grade teacher's advocacy of creationism.

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Wyoming blocks NGSS over climate

Fri, 2014-03-14 15:58

A footnote in Wyoming's budget for 2014 precludes the use of state funds "for any review or adoption" of the Next Generation Science Standards, and one of its authors acknowledges that the NGSS's treatment of climate change is a reason for the prohibition.

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Louisiana edges toward repealing 1981 creationist law

Wed, 2014-03-12 21:32

Louisiana's Senate Bill 70 (PDF). which if enacted would repeal the state's Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act, passed the Senate Education Committee on March 12, 2014, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune (March 12, 2014).

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Darwin Day bill in Hawaii

Wed, 2014-03-12 18:41

House Resolution 145, introduced in the Hawaii House of Representatives on March 7, 2014, would, if enacted, express the House's recognition of February 12 of each year as Darwin Day "to celebrate all of Charles Darwin's achievements in the field of science."

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Baton Rouge Advocate endorses repeal effort again

Mon, 2014-03-10 18:18

The Baton Rouge Advocate (March 9, 2014) reaffirmed its editorial support (previously expressed in 2013) for the attempt to repeal Louisiana's so-called Science Education Act, which, Governor Bobby Jindal told NBC News in 2013, permits the teaching of creationism, including "intelligent design."

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Facebook: n > 40,000

Fri, 2014-03-07 15:43

A milestone: there are now over 40,000 fans of NCSE's Facebook page. Why not join them, by visiting the page and becoming a fan by clicking on the "Like" box by NCSE's name?

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Antiscience bill passes the Oklahoma House

Tue, 2014-03-04 20:03

Oklahoma's House Bill 1674 (PDF), which would, if enacted, deprive administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies," passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a 79-6 vote on March 3, 2014. 

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Bernard Winograd dies

Mon, 2014-03-03 18:31

Bernard Winograd

Bernard Winograd, a member of NCSE's board of directors, died on March 1, 2014, at the age of 63.

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Repeal effort revived again in Louisiana

Wed, 2014-02-26 16:57

Senate Bill 175 (PDF), prefiled in the Louisiana Senate on February 25, 2014, and provisionally referred to the Senate Committee on Education, would, if enacted, repeal Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:285.1, which implemented the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act, passed and enacted in 2008.

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One down in Oklahoma

Tue, 2014-02-25 15:45

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 1765 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies," died in the Senate Education Committee on February 24, 2014, when a deadline for senate bills to pass committee expired.

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NCSE's next webinar for activists

Fri, 2014-02-21 22:46

NCSE is pleased to announce the next of a new series of on-line workshops aimed at broadening and deepening the networks that make our work possible. The next workshop focuses on media outreach: the panelists will discuss their own experiences, and share advice and resources to help citizens like you plan for media outreach and be effective spokespeople for science.

 

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NCSE's Scott receives CFI/CSI Lifetime Achievement Award

Fri, 2014-02-21 18:01

Eugenie C. Scott

NCSE's Eugenie C. Scott received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Inquiry and Committee for Skeptical Inquiry in October 2013.

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Louisiana to repeal 1981 creationist law?

Fri, 2014-02-21 15:19

Louisiana's Senate Bill 70 (PDF) would, if enacted, repeal the state's Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act, which was enacted in 1981 and declared to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard in 1987.

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A preview of New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement

Fri, 2014-02-21 15:00

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement (Springer 2013), edited by Jeanette L. Drake, Yekaterina Y. Kontar, and Gwynne S. Rife. The excerpt consists of the entirety of "Infusing Climate and Energy Throughout the Curriculum: Challenges and Opportunities," by NCSE's Minda Berbeco and Mark McCaffrey.

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Climate in Science and Engineering Indicators 2014

Thu, 2014-02-20 21:11

Public opinion about climate change was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2014.

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Evolution in Science and Engineering Indicators 2014

Tue, 2014-02-18 21:26

Public opinion about evolution, the Big Bang, and teaching evolution in public schools was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2014.

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A second antiscience bill in Oklahoma

Mon, 2014-02-17 22:38

A bill in Oklahoma that would, if enacted, deprive administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies" is back from the dead.

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A reversal in South Carolina?

Fri, 2014-02-14 23:00

Just three days after the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee refused to approve a section of the new state science standards involving evolution, Senator Mike Fair (R-District 6), a member of the committee whose opposition was responsible for the refusal, is reportedly withdrawing his objection.

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