Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial, the latest legal chapter in the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools is nearing its conclusion as a federal court judge in Harrisburg, Pa., soon will decide if schools should be allowed to introduce "intelligent design" (ID) as an alternative theory to evolution.

But more than that, this case is about the future of science education, and what constitutes "science" in today's schools, some legal experts claim.

The case comes as the nation's high-tech sector is urging U.S. schools to improve science education or


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