SC board delays update on evolution standards

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's Education Oversight Committee has delayed adopting an update to high school biology standards due to a Republican senator's concerns about the teaching of evolution.

The committee on Monday approved the rest of the package on what students in kindergarten through 12th grade should learn about science. The update is part of the state's required periodic review of standards.

Sen. Mike Fair of Greenville wanted to know why the words "natural selection" were added to standards regarding biological evolution. He says that refers to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, and he wants the wording removed.

In 2006, the committee and state Board of Education were at an impasse over the wording of evolution standards. Both panels must agree on proposed revisions. Fair wants to revert to the compromise wording.

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