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Fair: Callaway exercising "good judgment"



Even if you never heard of it before, the Florida Baptist Witness has become required reading for followers of the state's debate over science standards.

Fair The church-affiliated paper is the place where we learned of State Board of Education member Donna Callaway's opposition to the proposed standard relating to the teaching of evolution. And now it's where we gain some additional, though perhaps small, insight into the views of board chairman T. Willard Fair.

Fair doesn't take a clear stand on the proposal. But when asked by the Florida Baptist Witness to comment on the firestorm caused by Callaway's comments, he piled praise on her.

Asked by the Witness about the criticism of Callaway, SBOE Chairman Fair praised Callaway as "one of my favorite persons. She has always demonstrated good judgment. She continues to do that."

Maybe it's not a truly illuminating statement. But it's enough to raise the concerns of at least one pro-evolution advocate. Brandon Haught, writing in his Florida Citizens for Science blog, muses:

Fair is quoted a few times in the story, but doesn't come out and say anything to take a side for or against the new draft of the state science standards that include evolution prominently. However, he is in the story, and talks in a positive way about Callaway. Is that a bad sign, or am I reading too much into the quotes?

The State Board is expected to act on the proposals early in 2008. To see past Gradebook coverage of the issue, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:30am]


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