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Science textbook approved
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Science textbook approved

BY JOHN MORITZ

AUSTIN - The state board of education reversed course Friday, giving its seal of approval to an environmental science textbook it had rejected by a party-line vote 24 hours earlier after a contentious debate that encompassed religion and censorship. Another science book spurned by the 15-member board Thursday was not reconsidered. Board member Cynthia Thornton, R-Round Top, urged the panel to approve Environmental Science: How the World Works and Your Place in It after its publisher, J.M. LeBel of Dallas, agreed to revisions.

11/10/2001
Coalition Letter on the Tax Penalty Within HR 3210
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Coalition Letter on the Tax Penalty Within HR 3210

The Honorable William Thomas Chairman Committee on Ways and Means U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Mr. Chairman: The undersigned organizations strongly support the provision contained in H.R. 3210, the Terrorism Risk Protection Act, to repeal the tax penalty that makes it difficult to properly accumulate reserves to pay for man-made catastrophes.

11/09/2001
Coalition Letter on HR 3210 - The Terrorism Risk Protection Act
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Coalition Letter on HR 3210 - The Terrorism Risk Protection Act

Dear Representatives Oxley and LaFalce:

11/09/2001
Citizens Applaud Decision to Let Oregon Salmon Ruling Stand
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Citizens Applaud Decision to Let Oregon Salmon Ruling Stand

In a step in the right direction, the National Marine and Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced today that it would review its hatchery fish policy and refrain from appealing a federal judge’s recent Oregon coastal coho salmon ruling. U.S. District Judge Michael R. Hogan ruled this summer in Alsea Valley Alliance vs. Evans that NMFS erred by not including hatchery-bred salmon in determining Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings. Consequently, NMFS announced today that it would review its policy on 20 other ESA listings that include hatchery-bred salmon.

11/09/2001
State board rejects science texts
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State board rejects science texts

BY TERRENCE STUTZ

AUSTIN - State Board of Education members, in what critics called a new round of textbook censorship in Texas, voted Thursday to reject two controversial high school science books because of what they said were factual errors. The vote was along partisan lines as all 10 Republicans voted to reject the environmental science textbooks, while all five Democrats on the board favored approval. "This is nothing but censorship," said board member Mary Helen Berlanga of Corpus Christi. "The board has no authority to do this."

11/09/2001
Science books rejected on factual-error claim
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Science books rejected on factual-error claim

BY JANET ELLIOTT

AUSTIN - In a bitter vote along party lines, the State Board of Education on Thursday tentatively rejected two of three high school environmental science textbooks after conservatives criticized them for presenting an extreme environmentalist view. Board member Cynthia Thornton, R-Round Top, asked that books published by Jones and Bartlett and LeBel Publishers be rejected for factual errors. But she did not provide any examples of factual errors. Thornton said she would provide the factual errors to Texas Education Agency staff later.

11/09/2001
Education board rejects environmental science text, approves another
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Education board rejects environmental science text, approves another

BY CONNIE MABIN

The State Board of Education on Friday rejected one environmental science textbook and approved another the panel earlier rejected after the publisher agreed to correct errors. The final vote to block "Environmental Science: Creating a Sustainable Future " from Texas classrooms came after two days of heated debate. The vote was divided along party lines - 10 Republicans voted to reject, five Democrats voted not to.

11/09/2001
Partisan Confrontation Does Not Help America’s Workers
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Partisan Confrontation Does Not Help America’s Workers

Today the Senate Finance Committee has scheduled what they term as a "partisan" mark-up of legislation completely at odds with the President’s priorities and legislation already passed by the House of Representatives.

11/08/2001
Testimony Before the Texas State Board of Education
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Testimony Before the Texas State Board of Education

Thank you for your service to the Citizens of Texas as members of the SBOE. We are all here today because we care about the future of our country – and about the education of our most precious resource, our children.

11/08/2001
Testimony Before the Texas State Board of Education
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Testimony Before the Texas State Board of Education

I am here today for two purposes. First, I want to urge the State Board of Education to vote to reject "Environmental Science: Creating a Sustainable Future," published by Jones and Bartlett. Second, inasmuch as I understand there are still lingering questions concerning the Board’s authority to reject texts, I want to offer some thoughts on that subject, too.

11/08/2001

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