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Farewell to Robert Luhn

Wed, 2018-02-28 15:52

NCSE 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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NCSE in Climate Fwd:

Tue, 2018-02-27 17:44

NCSE 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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Nature covers Florida

Mon, 2018-02-26 23:03

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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Victory in Idaho?

Mon, 2018-02-26 21:57

"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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Instructional materials bill advances in Florida House

Sat, 2018-02-17 03:19

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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Creationist lawsuit dismissed in Pennsylvania

Sat, 2018-02-17 03:08

"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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A last-minute threat to evolution education averted in Ohio

Fri, 2018-02-16 18:22

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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Update from Idaho

Thu, 2018-02-15 00:58

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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Congratulations to Michael E. Mann

Wed, 2018-02-14 18:42

NCSE is delighted to congratulate Michael E.

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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa

Tue, 2018-02-13 22:04

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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Instructional materials bill advances in Florida

Tue, 2018-02-13 20:54

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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Darwin Day declared in Connecticut

Tue, 2018-02-13 19:41

Connecticut's governor Dannel P. Malloy declared February 12, 2018, Charles Darwin Day in the state of Connecticut, citing the need to protect "the advancement of science and courageous free inquiry."

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Climate change weakened in Idaho science standards

Wed, 2018-02-07 21:22

"After hearing testimony from dozens of students, teachers and parents, all in favor of newly revised science standards for Idaho K-12 schools, the House Education Committee voted Feb. 7 to strip out sections from the standards that referred to the impact of fossil fuels on the environment — climate change," reports Boise Weekly (February 7, 2018).

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Idaho's legislature delays action on science standards

Mon, 2018-02-05 20:30

When Idaho's House Education Committee held hearings on a new set of proposed science standards on February 1 and 2, 2018, it was expected to make a recommendation. But despite hearing from twenty-eight testifiers, all in favor of adoption, the committee failed to recommend approval of the standards. And several members of the committee objected to passages involving climate change and evolution.

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A preview of Evolution's Bite

Fri, 2018-01-26 15:27

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Peter S. Ungar's Evolution's Bite: A Story of Teeth, Diet, and Human Origins (Princeton University Press, 2017).

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Climate Change in Science and Engineering Indicators 2018

Wed, 2018-01-24 21:20

Public opinion about climate change was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2018.

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Evolution in Science and Engineering Indicators 2018

Tue, 2018-01-23 22:24

Public opinion about evolution was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2018.

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A warning from Florida

Mon, 2018-01-22 18:51

Writing in the Orlando Sentinel (January 19, 2018), Brandon Haught was blunt: "Science education in Florida's public schools is facing an unprecedented assault that started last year and has the high potential to escalate this year. Evolution and climate change are the targets of a coordinated attack as detractors of these concepts seek to balance lessons with some forms of creationism or denial of human-caused climate change."
 

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Creationism bill in Alabama

Fri, 2018-01-19 19:13

Alabama's House Bill 258, introduced on January 18, 2018, would, if enacted, allow teachers to present "the theory of creation as presented in the Bible" in any class discussing evolution, "thereby affording students a choice as to which theory to accept."

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Darwin Day resolutions in Congress

Fri, 2018-01-19 18:38

Darwin Day resolutions have been again introduced in both houses of Congress, according to a January 18, 2018, press release from the American Humanist Association.

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