Colorado Citizens for Science

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Welcome to the Colorado Citizens for Science (CCFS) home page. CCFS was organized to counter the political movement of creationism that is attempting to erode quality science education. A report from the Fordham Foundation gives Colorado a ‘B’ for its science education because the state standards do not address human evolution.

There are two creationist organizations in Colorado, a young-Earth organization (YEC) and one that supports 

(ID). Proponents of YEC believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible and pose little threat to science education. However, ID is a more sophisticated form of creationism that has greater public support, although scientifically it is without merit.

CCFS is not an anti-religious organization. In fact, many of our members are people of faith. All of its members do believe, however, that science is the only way that humanity can understand the natural world. It is the intention of CCFS to provide the citizens of Colorado with relevant information regarding science education and the threats posed by creationism. Please feel free to contact CCFS if you have questions, need assistance in confronting creationists in your community, or to join our discussion list.

New: Visit the Colorado Evolution Response Team.

New: How a Colorado parent dealt with creationism in her daughter’s charter school.

About CCFS

Colorado Citizens for Science is a nonprofit organization, formed in 2002. It is composed of scientists and interested laypersons, and is loosely modeled after groups in other states that have been formed to support quality science education standards. Our aims are similar to those of the National Center for Science Education. CCFS does not engage in political controversy except as an advocate for science in matters relating to science. CCFS does not address issues of religion, morality or any other aspects of public life or education outside of science. Membership is open to the public.

Statement of Aims

The aims of the Colorado Citizens for Science (CCFS) include promoting a better understanding of science among the public and defending the right of Colorado’s science teachers to provide their students with the best science education possible. Science is a process of observation and measurement and the development of theoretical explanations for observed regularities. The validity of any given explanation is based on its ability to accurately account for the data. CCFS will act to oppose the teaching of pseudosciences that pose as science but fail to meet the widely accepted standards of the field.

Board of Directors

Matt Young (President)
Ph.D. Optics, University of Rochester
Senior Lecturer, Physics Department, Colorado School of Mines

Tony Schountz (Vice President)
Ph.D. Biology, Kansas State University
Assistant Professor of Microbiology
University of Northern Colorado

Steve Mahone (Secretary and Treasurer)
B.S. Engineering, University of Colorado
Communications Engineer

Elle Lothlorien
Research Associate
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Leonard K. Ewy
B.A. Anthropology, CSU
Firefighter

Mike Antolin, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
Colorado State University

201 East Colfax Ave.

Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303-866-6600

Hours: Mon – Fri 8a.m. to 5p.m.

Colorado State Board of Education

Welcome to the State Board of Education web site. Members of the Colorado State Board of Education are charged by the Colorado Constitution with the general supervision of the public schools. They have numerous powers and duties specified in state law. Individuals are elected on a partisan basis to serve six-year terms without pay.

Announcements

The State Board of Education has improved the format of its electronic agenda.  

Upcoming State Board Events:

  • September 10, 2008 Work Session Meeting, State Board Room
    Rulemaking Hearings:
    • 1:15 Rulemaking Hearing on the Permanent Rules Related to the Development, Expansion, Implementation, and Management of the Regional Service Areas
    • 1:30 Rulemaking Hearing on the Permanent Rules Related to Administration of Academic Performance Rating
    • 1:45 Rulemaking Hearing on the Permanent Rules for the Administration of the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Assessments Pilot Program
    • 2:00 Rulemaking Hearing on the Permanent Educator Licensing Rules
    • 2:15 Rulemaking Hearing on the Permanent Rules Pertaining to Early Access to Educational Services for Children Less than Age Six
  • September 11, 2008 Regular Board Meeting, State Board Room
  • September 17, 2008 Commissioner’s Cup Luncheon, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Seawell Grand Ballroom at 14th & Curtis Streets
  • October 1, 2008 Work Session Meeting, State Board Room
  • October 2, 2008 Regular Board Meeting, State Board room

For more information contact: Office of the Colorado State Board of Education
201 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80203

Phone: 303-866-6817  |  Fax: 303-866-6761
Email: state.board@cde.state.co.us

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