Friday, January 28, 2005


Kansas Science Standards Committee rejects Intelligent Design proposals

The 26-member Kansas Science Standards writing committee, meeting yesterday in Salina, voted to reject a series of proposals that would have opened to door to teaching intelligent design in state classrooms.
In December, an eight-member minority of the standards committe, led by William Harris, a professor of medicine at the University of Missouri -- Kansas City and a founder of the Intelligent Design Network, bypassed other members of the standards committee and submitted proposals that would have downplayed teaching of evolution in state science classes directly to the Kansas Board of Education.
The controversy will now go to the State Board of Education in a series of public hearings that begins Feb. 1 in Kansas City, Kansas. Following the election last November, the state board now has a 6-4 majority who support the teaching of intelligent design.
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