GA school district to appeal federal judge's ruling on evolution disclaimer

[JURIST] Members of the Cobb County school board [official school district website] have voted to appeal a federal district judge's ruling [JURIST report] that stickers calling evolution a "theory, not a fact" should be removed from science textbooks. Board members voted 5-2 Monday to appeal the ruling [text, PDF] of US District Judge Clarence Cooper, which was issued last week. A statement issued by board members called Cooper's ruling "unnecessary judicial intrusion into local control of schools." The district added the stickers to textbooks after parents complained that evolution was presented as a fact, without including rival theories on the beginning of life. In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Edwards v. Aguillard [opinion from Cornell Law] that creationism could not be taught side-by-side with evolution in publicly funded schools. AP has more.

 

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