Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Teachers Groups File Amicus Briefs in Cobb County Sticker Case

On June 10, National Science Teachers Association with National Association of Biology Teachers has joined other coalitions of proscience organizations in filing separate amicus briefs in support of a recent U.S. District Court decision, Selman v. Cobb County School District, that ruled that evolution "warning labels" in public school textbooks in Cobb County, GA, were unconstitutional. The "friend of the court briefs" were filed in the eleventh circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, in response to an appeal seeking to overturn the Selman decision.

Signatories included national and local organizations representing scientists, science educators, civil libertarians, and concerned proscience citizens, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Jewish Congress, among others. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) signed the science teacher brief, joined by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

“The Cobb County stickers send a misguided message to students that evolution lacks scientific status,” said Mike Padilla, NSTA President. “This is damaging to students and their understanding about the scientific process, and it jeopardizes the professional responsibility of science teaches to teach good science. NSTA is pleased the stickers were ordered removed and we strongly urge the court to uphold this decision.”

To read more about the amicus briefs, visit the National Center for Science Education. Read more about the National Academies new website on evolution, here or go to their website.


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