Letter to SVP Members in Texas

January 21, 2009

Dear Texas SVP members,
Dr. Eugenie Scott, the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, has requested that Texas SVP members write letters to your representatives on the Texas State Board of Education.  Apparently the teaching of evolution is under attack.  As she wrote, "The teaching of evolution is under attack in Texas yet again. Many members of the Board of Education are attempting to compromise the state’s science education standards by watering down treatment of evolution, and opening a door to creationism in science classes. Because it is a large market for textbooks, Texas has a disproportionate effect on their content, and decisions made in Texas affect textbooks in other states as well. I encourage you to take this issue seriously."
Below I copy (and I attach) talking points provided by Dr Scott and information on how to contact your representative on the state board.  I strongly urge you to write a letter as soon as you can as the board will meet again on March 25-27, and please encourage any other friends of evolution in Texas to do so as well. Dr. Scott feels that letters from folks outside Texas will have little or no impact relative to those from inside.  If you would like more information on the Texas situation, you will find a summary and links to newspaper articles here: http://ncseweb.org/news/2009/01/victory-over-weaknesses-texas-004236
Thanks for doing this and 
Best wishes,