Evolution debate continues
The state officially stopped taking written comments on its proposed new science standards three weeks ago. The web site to look at the standards is now closed down. The road show of public hearings was supposed to have been done by now, too.
But with complaints mounting that the public didn't have enough of a say - particularly over a provision to include evolution as a key idea without any "alternatives" presented - the Department of Education has scheduled two more hearings on the matter. The first one is tonight, in Jacksonville, where word has it that many religious conservatives plan to show up to oppose the standards that many scientists have endorsed as good science. (The final hearing is Jan. 8 in Miramar.)
Reporter Ron Matus is on his way up to Jacksonville for the 5:30 p.m. hearing, and we'll have his report here on the Gradebook as soon as possible after the session begins. In the meantime, you can check out our past coverage of the topic here. The State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the standards on Feb. 19.