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Texas Education Board flags biology textbook over evolution concerns

By staff and wire services reports
December 2nd, 2013

The Texas Board of Education delayed final approval of a widely used biology textbook because of concerns raised by one reviewer that it presents evolution as fact rather than theory, The New York Times reports. The monthslong textbook review process in Texas has been controversial because a number of people selected this year to evaluate publishers’ submissions do not accept evolution or climate change as scientific truth. The state board, which includes several members who hold creationist views, voted to recommend 14 textbooks in biology and environmental science. But its approval of “Biology,” a highly regarded textbook by Kenneth R. Miller, a biologist at Brown University, and Joseph S. Levine, a science journalist, and published by Pearson Education, was contingent upon an expert panel determining whether any corrections are warranted…

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