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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Textbooks at center of evolution debate Sunday Ndvember 5A By April Castro Associated Press Writer AUSTIN Texas will be under the microscope next week in the fight over teaching evolution in public schools as the State Board of Education votes on adopting biology textbooks that have been at the center of the debate The board ttieets Thursday and Friday and is set to consid er proposed changes submit tedby 11 publishers The boards decisions which could determine which textbooks publishers offer to dozens of states end a review process that has been rriarked by months of heated debate over the theory of evo lution Religious activists and pro ponents of alternative science urged publishers to revise some of the iOthgrade books and want the board to reject others saying they contain fac tual errors regarding the theo ry of evolution Mainstream scientists assert that Charles Darwins theory of evolution is a cornerstone of modern research and technology Board memberscan only Vote to reject books based Oil factual errors or failure to fol low state curriculum as man dated by the Legislature Theres a bait and switch going on here because the critics want the textbooks to question whether evolution occurred And of course they dont because scientists dont question whether evolution said Eugenie Scott executive director of the Cali forniabased National Center for Science Education Among those questioning the textbooks ate about 60 biologists from around the country who signed a state ment of dissent about teach ing evolution and said both sides of the issue should be taught Several religious lead ers also testified against teach ing evolution Any changes to the text books will have implications across the country Texas is the nations second largest buyer of textbooks and books sold here are often mar keted nationwide Texas California and Florida account for more than 30 per cent of the nations 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right up Inter state 35 Pam Mulrow and Glenda Balderez live down the road the other way They are nurses m San Antonio and have been comjng to Wurstfest for years ELECTION CONTINUED FROM Page 1A BSD sales tax would lower property tax Rust is president of the New Braunfelsbased Carlton Foods and has experience with million budgets He hopes to use his budget experience to help the district responsibly he said Kempert has worked in sales for 20 years and has lived in New Braunfels since 1995 She has been a trustee for three years and says the board needs someone who can think like a trustee Also on the November bal lot voters in Comal County Emergency Services District 3 are being asked to support a 1 cent sales tax to help pay for fire protection If the tax is passed BSD 3 will reduce to 1 cent its cur rent 3 cents per of assessed valuation property tax by twothirds BSD 3 is responsible for pro viding fire protection and sup pression for a 250squaremile area in western Comal County It serves the Canyon Lake area and contracts for fire pro tection service with Canyon Lake The Sophienburg and the Brauntex Theatre proudly present The Vienna Choir Boys Number 5 frJOPM Kiiumtex Performing Arts Theatre For information or tickets call 830 6270808 The New Braunfels Art League salutes the Brauntex Theatre Association and the Sophienburg for the updoming performanQe Vienna Chttlr Boys Brauntex patrons attending The Vienna Choir Boys concert are invited to a wine and cheese reception at the NBAL Gallery from 7 PM Wednesday November 5 prior to the evenings performance The Gallery located across the street from the Brauntex is currently featuring ARToberfest a showcase of local artists on exhibit through November 16 Admission is free to NBAL Gallery wine cheese reception and ARToberfest Save 00 to 65 6247275 or TollFree Visit our website Locally Owned and Operated 6HC South Pusiness IH35 New Braunfels TX 78130 Your local persontoperson prescription service REELECT HI m 0 Kempert 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