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Darwin wins one fight as another begins
19 November 2005
As eight of nine members of a pro-intelligent design Pennsylvania school board are voted out, Kansas state votes in anti-evolution school standards.
IT WAS a stunning victory for one community, but a mixed week for science. Eight of the nine members of Pennsylvania's Dover Area School Board, which is being sued by parents for promoting intelligent design, were voted out of office by local residents last week. But on the same day, new anti-evolution school standards were voted in by the Kansas state education board.
"It's a mixed bag," says Witold Walczak, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union who represented the 11 Dover parents in the trial, which is now awaiting a verdict. "We are certainly heartened by the vote in Dover. But Kansas is a wake-up call to the science community that the anti-evolutionists are persistent and powerful."