Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Selman Case Settles

The Cobb County School District has issued this press release, which reads in part:

“We are very pleased to reach this agreement and end the lawsuit,” said Cobb County Board of Education Chair Dr. Teresa Plenge. “After the 11th Circuit Court vacated the decision, we faced the distraction and expense of starting all over with more legal actions and another trial. With this agreement, it is done, and we now have a clean slate going into the New Year.”

Under the agreement, the District will not attempt to place the same, or similar, stickers in textbooks again. In return, plaintiffs have agreed to end all legal action against the school district. In a separate agreement, the District has agreed to pay $166,659, which represents a portion of the plaintiff’s legal fees.

“Appealing the lower court ruling was the right decision by the school board because that ruling was incorrect,” said Dr. Plenge. “The Board maintains that the stickers were constitutional, but, at the same time, the Board clearly sees the need to put this divisive issue behind us. There will be no stickers in textbooks, and, as always, we will continue to provide Cobb County students a curriculum that follows national and state standards in teaching science and the theory of evolution.”

The Washington Post article is here.

The Americans United for Separation of Church and State press release is here.


At December 19, 2006 7:12 PM, Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

I think that the board acted very foolishly and irresponsibly by settling the case, because the board had a lot going for it. I think that there was little chance that the missing evidence would be found (since it is has not been found yet), and in oral hearings the appeals judges seemed to indicate that they might reverse the decision even if the missing evidence is found.

At December 19, 2006 7:56 PM, Anonymous Jim Sherwood said...

These school boards aren't very courageous. But could they have had to pay much bigger legal fees if they had continued the appeal and somehow lost? And what about their own legal costs? They may have just wanted to avoid risk. If Congress doesn't change that situation, it seems that it's possible for the Darwinists to easily scare timid local school boards.


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