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County commission says 'No' to evolution as fact

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By Jeff M. Hardison

While some people think the Levy County School Board is the elected group to define curriculum, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously stepped up to the plat on Tuesday.

Commissioner Tony Parker led the charge, which resulted in a resolution being adopted by the County Commission on Feb. 5 to tell state leaders that evolution should be taught as theory and not fact.

The Florida Department of Education is considering amending its Sunshine State Standards for Science that will no longer present evolution as a theory but "as the fundamental concept underlying all of biology and is supported in multiple forms of scientific evidence."

The County Commission noted it "recognizes the importance of providing a thorough and comprehensive Science education to all the students in Levy County and to all students in the State of Florida, and (it) recognizes as even more important the need to present these standards through a fair and balanced approach."

The official opposition to the new standards is being sent to the Florida Board of Education for its consideration.


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