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November 22, 2017
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Education Vote on Science Soon
(2008-02-05)
(WUSF) - Florida's board of education met Monday to vote on class size appeals from schools around the state7. But the discussion soon turned to science and religion.

Florida's debate over creationism, evolution and what to include in its schools' science books is familiar. The board plans to vote on the state's new standards, February 19.

North Florida Representative Marti Coley says her constituents are restless.

"The panhandle is a very conservative area, and they desire to see the word 'theory'--that's all they're asking--be in the new science standards, along with 'evolution'. Not just saying 'evolution', but 'the evolution theory'."

The Florida Department of Education held two public hearings last month on this issue, in the northern and southern parts of the state. A third is scheduled
for next week to hear central Florida's take before they vote on the new curriculum.

It will be held February 11, at 10 a.m. in Orlando.
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