State education board unlikely to add evolution disclaimers to Texas science books

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Coverage of evolution in new high school science books in Texas appears likely to escape the major disclaimers that social conservatives and other critics seek.

State Board of Education members are slated to adopt the new biology books this week after discussing potential changes in hearings that begin Wednesday. The materials need board approval to be on the state’s recommended list of textbooks and e-books.

So far, major publishers have resisted social conservatives’ efforts to add questions about key elements of the theory of evolution.

“I don’t see any major changes coming,” said board Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant. “I believe the books will get approved without incident.”

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