The perpetually contentious debate over evolution in the nation’s schools is growing louder in two big states, each of which exerts enormous influence over the multibillion-dollar textbook industry and ultimately, therefore, over curricula and science instruction from coast to coast.

In Texas, biology professors have rallied in support of a state official who says she was forced to resign because she sent an eMail message promoting a lecture that was critical of intelligent design. The controversy comes as science standards in Texas are due for a 10-year review in 2008.

And in Florida, state officials are poised to adopt new science standards


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