Florida's public school science standards for the first time will use the word "evolution," although the biological concept already was being taught under code words such as "change over time." But the standards will refer to evolution as a "scientific theory" as a compromise with evolution opponents, who were vocal in their criticism of proposed standards during a public comment period.

The new standards, part of a set of overall science changes adopted by the State Board of Education Feb. 19 on a 4-3 vote, require schools to spend more class time on evolution and teach it in more detail.


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