California

09.11.2013

Each year the cities of Berkeley and Albany, California, host the Solano Avenue Stroll, “the East Bay’s largest street festival”. A 26-block stretch of Solano Avenue is closed off and reportedly more than a hundred thousand visitors attend, wandering among “…over five hundred vendors including entertainers, food booths, government and non-profit agencies, hand-crafters and more!”

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09.10.2013

Seventy-nine percent of Californians accept that global warming is happening, according to a new report (PDF) from the Yale Project on Climate Communication.

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09.06.2013

California's state board of education voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards on September 4, 2013, according to a press release from the California Department of Education.

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Wednesday night was retirement celebration night for NCSE friend Judy Scotchmoor at the University of California Museum of Paleontology. The education director (or to give her full title, Assistant Director for Outreach and Education) at UCMP for decades, Judy has made UCMP a model for academic outreach to teachers throughout her career.

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07.22.2013

Eugenie C. ScottEugenie C. ScottNCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott is to be inducted into the Independent Investigation Group's Houdini Hall of Honor, according to a July 20, 2013, press release from the IIG.

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01.18.2013

"A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ... confirmed an earlier ruling that found Jet Propulsion Laboratory administrators did not discriminate against a longtime staffer when they laid him off in 2011," reports the La Cañada Valley Sun (January 17, 2013).

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02.22.2012
James CorbettJames Corbett

"The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal Tuesday from a former high school student who sued his history teacher, saying he disparaged Christianity in class in violation of the student's First Amendment rights," the Orange County Register (February 21, 2012) reported. The case in question is C. F. et al. v. Capistrano Unified School District et al., which began in 2007.

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12.02.2011

"A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has opted to let a jury decide whether NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory discriminated against a former employee who claims he was fired for discussing intelligent design," according to the Pasadena Star-News (November 30, 2011).

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09.01.2011

A lawsuit against the California Science Center for canceling a screening of Darwin's Dilemma was settled in July 2011, the Associated Press reports (August 29, 2011), with neither side admitting wrongdoing.

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08.19.2011
James CorbettJames Corbett

Was it unconstitutional for a teacher to describe creationism as "superstitious nonsense"? In 2009, a federal district court ruled that it was, in C. F. et al. v. Capistrano Unified School District et al. But the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a decision (PDF) issued on August 19, 2011, overturned the district court's decision "to the extent it decided the constitutionality of any of Corbett's statements" while upholding its grant of qualified immunity to James Corbett, the teacher in question.

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