Tuesday, February 1, 2011

PPG: Meet Ron Tomalis, Sec'y of Education/ PA Lawmakers on Congressional Education Committees/ PA NAACP Opposes Vouchers/ PENN STATE LIVE: High school biology teachers reluctant to endorse evolution in class

Meet some key Corbett cabinet picks: Ron Tomalis, Secretary of Education
Sunday, January 30, 2011
By Eleanor Chute, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PA Lawmakers on Congressional Education Committees
As Congress considers renewing ESEA/NCLB it is worth noting Pennsylvania lawmakers who sit on the House and Senate committees that deal with education.
Senator Robert Casey is now serving on the Senate Education Committee, while Congressmen Todd Russell Platts,  Glenn Thompson, Lou Barletta,  and Mike Kelly are serving on the House Education and the Workforce Committee


High school biology teachers reluctant to endorse evolution in class
Penn State Live – January 27, 2011
University Park, Pa. -- The majority of public high school biology teachers are not strong classroom advocates of evolutionary biology, despite 40 years of court cases that have ruled teaching creationism or intelligent design violates the Constitution, according to Penn State political scientists. A mandatory undergraduate course in evolutionary biology for prospective teachers, and frequent refresher courses for current teachers, may be part of the solution, they say.

More on this from Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post:

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