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Go ahead and speak



After some extra consideration - and some pressuring by a large group of anti-evolution Floridians - the State Board of Education has decided to hear from the public on proposed new science standards at its Tuesday meeting in Tallahassee.

A maximum of 10 speakers favoring the evolution standard and 10 opposed will get to make comments of three minutes each. And it's first come, first served, with the sign-up period beginning at 8 a.m.

"We have received a lot of good public input on the proposed science standards and have heard from interested citizens who would like the opportunity to speak on these standards before the State Board of Education," Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith said in a news release. "To honor these requests, we are making time available at next week's State Board meeting for additional public testimony. I am privileged to serve a board that truly listens and responds to the concerns of our parents, students and teachers."

To sign up, go to the Cabinet  meeting room in the state Capitol, beginning at 8 a.m.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:34am]


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