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Evolution again at issue as Texas mulls new books

Texas is bracing for another clash over how to teach evolution and climate change as the board of education approves new science textbooks.

A final public hearing on proposed books was Wednesday, with a vote by the board’s 10 Republicans and five Democrats coming today.

That will determine textbooks approved for use statewide for at least eight years, beginning September 2014. School districts are no longer required to use books approved by the board, but most still do.

For years — including at an emotional September board meeting — some religious conservatives have argued for deemphasizing lessons on evolution and climate change. They say many see God’s hand in the universe and argue evolution and global warming are only theories.

Experts, though, have warned the board not to let religious beliefs and ideology trump facts.

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