The Texas Board of Education has voted preliminarily to ease, but not completely get rid of, the state high school curriculum requirement that educators should help students question the theory of evolution. The Board of Education’s 10 Republicans and five Democrats voted Wednesday to remove the mandate that “all sides” be presented.

But they voted to keep curriculums on cell complexity and the origin of life. They also modified lessons on the fossil record, but kept language that highlights gaps. The evolution issue has been tense for years in the schools in Texas, and it still not settled. READ MORE