New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, November 2, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
Textbooks at center of evolution debate
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 meets Thursday and Friday and is set to consider proposed changes submitted by 11 publishers.
The board’s decisions — which could determine which textbooks publishers offer to
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‘A little more kid-friendly’
Some lounged in the three music venues with a generous beer mug. Others cruised the rows of vendors, who sell every kind of meat on a stick and dozens of beer brands in
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ESD sales tax would lower property tax
Rust is president of the New Braunfels-based Carlton Foods and has experience with $20 million budgets.
He hopes to use his budget experience to help the district spend 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 cab think like a trustee.
Also on the November ballot, voters in Comal County Emergency Services District 3 are being asked to support a I -cent sales tax to help pay for fire protection.
If the tax is passed, ESI) 3 will reduce to I cent its current 3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation property tax by two-thirds.
ESD 3 is responsible for providing fire protection tuid suppression for a 250-square-mile area in western (binal (bunty.
It serves the Canyon I .ake area and contracts for fire protection service with Canyon Lake Fire/EMS.
dozens of states — will end a review process that has been marked by months of heated debate over the theory of evolution.
Religious activists and proponents of alternative science urged publishers to revise some of the lOth-grade books and want the board to reject others, saying they contain factual errors regarding the theory of evolution. Mainstream scientists assert that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is a cornerstone of modern research and technology.
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steins, cups and pitchers.
Most of the children tried the “Super Slide” or other rides at the carnival.
Mike Walior, of Austin, brought his wife and two children to Wurstfest for the first time.
* The Waliors attend all the big Texas Octoberfest celebrations, from Shiner to Fredericksburg.
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vote to reject books based on factual errors or failure to follow state curriculum as mandated 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 don’t because scientists don’t question whether evolution occurred,” said Eugenie Scott, executive director of the California-based National Center for Science Education.
Among those questioning the textbooks are about 60 biologists from around the
events have fewer attractions for children, he said, adding Wurstfest is one of the best.
“This is a little more kid-friendly,’’ Walior said.
It’s also more convenient since he lives right up Interstate 35.
Pain Mulrow and Glenda Balderez live down the road the other way. They are nurses in San Antonio and have been coming to Wurstfest for years.
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The New Braunfels Art League salutes the Brauntex Theatre Association and the Sophienburg for the upcoming performance by the world-renowned Vienna Choir Boys
Brauntex patrons attending The Vienna Choir Boys concert are invited to a wine and cheese reception at the NBAL Gallery from 5:30 - 7 PM Wednesday, November 5 prior to the evening's 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.
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country who signed a “statement of dissent” about teaching evolution and said both sides of the issue should be taught. Several religious leaders also testified against teaching evolution.
Any changes to the textbooks will have implications across the country.
Texas is the nation’s second largest buyer of textbooks, and books sold here are often marketed nationwide.
Texas, California and Florida account for more than 30 percent of the nation’s $4 billion public school book market.
Mulrow, a 1975 graduate of Roosevelt High School in San Antonio, has been coming to Wurstfest since high school.
She took time Saturday to sit with Balderez and talk about her German ancestry. The weather and nature in New Braunfels and the German festivities bring the pair back every year.
“It’s nice to get a different aspect and different culture," Balderez said.
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