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From "Bob Lattimer" 

Subject Science Standards / Testimony.

TO OHIO CITIZENS CONCERNED ABOUT THE SCIENCE STANDARDS.
SUBJECT STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING AND TESTIMONY.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 100 PM, COLUMBUS


This next few weeks will be critical for the Ohio science standards debate. At their Sept. 9-10 meetings, the State Board of Education will begin deliberations on the "evolution only" draft standards. According to state law, the Board must approve final standards by December. It is our hope that the Board will modify the standards to reflect part or all of the "teach the controversy" approach. The Board is aware that public opinion is strongly against the evolution-only standards, so the Board has a strong incentive to react positively to the public response on the biological origins issue.

WE ARE ENCOURAGING OHIO CITIZENS TO TESTIFY AT THE SEPT. 10 STATE BOARD MEETING. TESTIMONY BY PROFESSIONALS IN TECHNICAL FIELDS (PARTICULARLY THOSE WITH ADVANCED DEGREES) CAN BE ESPECIALLY HELPFUL. Only THREE MINUTES are allowed for each person, so remarks need to be brief and to the point. HANDOUTS are permitted, but by no means required. (Bring about 30 copies if you do have a handout.)

The Board meeting on Tuesday is scheduled for 1:00-4:30 PM. The meeting will be in Columbus at the OHIO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF. Exit I-71 (north) at Morse Road (second exit south of the I-71/I-270 interchange). Go west about two blocks; the School is to the north. The Conference Center is at the back of the property; you will see numerous cars parked in the vicinity. As you enter the room, you will need to get a visitor's badge from the receptionist and fill out a simple "testimony" sheet.

I suggest that your testimony reinforce the "teach the controversy" (TTC) approach in some way. Testimony based on your own experience and area of expertise is best. TTC calls for (a) teaching the evidence for and against biological evolution (macroevolution * the theory of common descent), (b) permitting, but not requiring, teachers to discuss alternative theories (such as intelligent design), and (c) adopting a definition of science that allows for consideration of all logical explanations for phenomena in nature. If you want to see the wording of the current draft biological origins (evolution) standards, go to the SEAO website (www.sciohio.org, "Suggested Modifications" page). This site has much additional up-to-date information to give you ideas for preparing testimony.

Speaking to the State Board may sound like a bit of a hassle (which it is!). But this issue is critically important and needs the support of concerned Ohioans who can have a positive influence on the Board.

Thanks for your consideration of this matter; I will be in the office today if you have questions. I hope to see you on Tuesday in Columbus.

Bob Lattimer
Science Excellence for All Ohioans
bob.lattimer@noveoninc.com

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