The Texas Education Agency said Wednesday that it doesn of teaching evolution and that its goal is to educate the public.
“I’m not a believer in teaching creationism,” said Julie Hickey, the agency’s director of communications.
“But I do believe that we need to make it clear that the agency is not an agency that supports or promotes any particular theory or philosophy.”
Hickey, who previously served as the agency chairman and chief information officer, did not provide specifics.
But she said she is aware that some people have questioned the agency for years about its teaching of evolution.
“It’s really not that controversial,” she said.
“It’s just that we have been very clear that we’re not teaching creation science.”
Hacking a computer in a classroomThe Texas Education Association, which represents about 4,000 state employees, said the state has taken the steps necessary to prevent students from accessing online materials that support the theory of evolution and teach creationism.
The agency said that while it was not a government agency, it was an agency of state employees and was acting in good faith.
“We have taken all steps to ensure that students are aware of the agency,” said spokeswoman Natalie Linder.
“The Texas Board of Education has also taken action to prevent any future access to the agency.”
A review by the U.S. Constitution Center at George Mason University found that Texas does not prohibit teachers from teaching evolution.
The group noted that the Texas Education Code provides that “schools shall teach students about the science of evolution.”
Linder said that when teachers and other school employees talk to students, they need to tell them the difference between the theory and the evidence, and that this includes the scientific basis for creationism, not evolution.
The Texas education board also has taken a series of steps to prevent online materials from being distributed by other public entities.
Hickey said the Texas board is working to prevent the distribution of any material that encourages the teaching of creationism or evolution.
Hickey said that the board has been working with the Office of Civil Rights, the state’s civil rights agency, to address these concerns.
The organization also has a number of educational programs that teach students the principles of science, and has set up a Web page for students to submit questions.
“There are some videos that are being prepared to be submitted to the board that explain some of the scientific and technical principles that are important to the science education of our students,” said Hickey.
“We are also working with our educators and other state employees to ensure the quality of education that our students receive.”
The Texas Association of Educators has also sent letters to the schools it serves, urging them to keep their teaching of science and evolution in line with Texas’ public school curriculum.
Hicky said that she and other educators have been working to educate students about evolution and the role of science in public education.
“As the head of the Texas Association, I want to ensure our students have the best possible education possible,” she added.
“I also want them to have a foundation in science that they can use as a foundation for their future careers.”