The latest chapter in a long-running debate over how evolution should be taught in public schools opened Jan. 21 as the Texas State Board of Education ramped up its review of the state's science standards. Experts say the state's actions could have significant implications for schools nationwide, because Texas is one of the country's largest purchasers of textbooks--and publishers are reluctant to produce different versions of the same material.

Experts and activists concerned about the way evolution will be taught in Texas schools made their case before the state's education board Jan. 21.

Dozens of people, including a six-member expert review panel,


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