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"If we as a nation have to ask ourselves why our kids aren't studying science and math and engineering and whether or not they ought to, a little bit of me is afraid that we're already lost," said Michael Griffin, NASA's chief administrator.

From SignOnSanDiego.com, 8-12-06

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A Call to Action
Homework Assignment: Understanding Evolution

Homework Assignment: Understanding Evolution


The below list of people are the main target of our Call to Action effort. However, there are many, many others who need to hear our message, too. Please see our blog post "Those not in favor of good science education, raise your hand" for a long list of local school board members and other people who have made public comments against evolution education.

Newspaper articles make it clear that Donna Callaway is not happy with evolution in the science standards. We need to politely inform her that evolution is important while intelligent design is not.
Ms. Donna Callaway
State Board of Education, Member
325 W. Gaines Street
Turlington Building, Suite 1514
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 245-0505 Fax: (850) 245-9667

A newspaper blog reports that Linda Taylor wants so-called other theories taught alongside evolution. Please send a note to her to let her know that there are no other viable theories.
Mrs. Linda Taylor
13451 McGregor Blvd.
Suite 27
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Phone: (850) 245-0505 Fax: (850) 245-9667

Dr. Akshay Desai recently came out publicly in favor of evolution in the standards. Make sure to send him a hearty thank you!
Dr. Akshay Desai
State Board of Education, Member
American Family and Geriatric Care
150 2nd Avenue, North, Suite 400
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (850) 245-0505 Fax: (850) 245-9667

Roberto Martinez made it clear that he fully supports evolution and will have nothing to do with creationism nonsense. Make sure to thank him for standing up for sound science education.
Mr. Roberto Martinez
255 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: (850) 245-0505 Fax: (850) 245-9667
Alternate contact information:
phone (305) 476-7400 fax (305) 476-7444
email bob@colson.com

The remaining board members have remained silent on the issue in public. Let's make sure they hear us!

Mr. T. Willard Fair
Chairman, State Board of Education
Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc.
8500 NW 25th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33147
Phone: (305) 696-4450 x. 0 Fax: (305) 696-4455
Alternate contact information:
Urban League of Greater Miami
T. W Fair
President 8500 NW 25th Avenue
Miami, FL 33147 305-696-4450
Email: twfair@bellsouth.net

Mrs. Phoebe Raulerson
325 W. Gaines Street
Suite 1514
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 245-0505 Fax: (850) 245-9667

Ms. Kathleen Shanahan
WRS Infrastructure & Environment, Inc.
221 Hobbs Street, Suite 108
Tampa, FL 33619
Phone: (850) 245-9661 Fax: (850) 245-9667
Alternate contact information:

Office of Governor Charlie Crist
State of Florida
PL-05 The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

The Florida Times Union mentioned in an article that some citizens had convinced Senator Wise to address the state BoE about including "other theories" beside evolution in the standards. Please let the senator know that is not acceptable.

Fl. Senator Stephen R. Wise
1460 Cassat Avenue
Suite B
Jacksonville, FL

The St. Petersburg Times education blog noted that Rep. Weatherford is a fan of intelligent design.

Fl. Rep. Will W. Weatherford
38440 5th Avenue
Zephyrhills, FL 33542-4329
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