January 8, 2008

Spellings kowtows to creationists

According to the Miami Herald's political blog, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings was chicken on science today. In Florida's capital to boost NCLB (and Florida's high-stakes accountability system), the blog reported that Spellings won't speak the "e" word:

...when asked whether the nation's top education official has a position on whether evolution should be a part of science standards, Spellings replied: "No, I don't."

Florida's draft new science standards mention evolution and has drawn political fire from social conservatives in the state. The new Commissioner of Education has also demurred on the issue, and I guess Spellings is either truly noncommittal (something she hasn't shown any evidence of before) or is considering a run for office in Texas.

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Posted in Education policy on January 8, 2008 1:19 PM |