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Dover board rescinds ‘intelligent design’ policy

January 4, 2006

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— Looks like "intelligent design" has gone extinct in Dover.

Two weeks after a federal judge found "intelligent design" was religious and not scientific, the Dover school board on Tuesday rescinded its policy of presenting the concept as an alternative to evolution in high school biology classes.

On Dec. 20, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III sided with eight families who argued that "intelligent design," which attributes the existence of complex organisms to an unidentified intelligent cause, is biblical creationism in disguise.

The school board said it was trying to improve science education by exposing students to alternatives.

Most of the school board incumbents who had defended the policy were ousted in the November election, replaced by candidates who pledged to eliminate it.

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