That’s a welcome headline, especially considering our last post about that state from a bit more than nine months ago. That was New Jersey: A Creationist Education Commissioner? We had written about the news that newly-elected Governor Chris Christie (Republican) was appointing Bret Schundler to be that state’s commissioner of education, and Schundler had previously said that schools should be allowed to teach “intelligent design” alongside evolution.
Because of that, which we haven’t posted about since, we were very interested in today’s news from the Courier-Post. One excerpt is sufficient, with bold added by us:
A Camden [New Jersey] minister has been rebuffed in his effort to halt the teaching of evolution and to require a daily moment of silence in city schools.
The state’s top education official on Friday denied a request by the Rev. Edward D. Torres to order referenda questions on those issues to appear on Camden’s school election ballot. Both the city’s school board and Mayor Dana Redd opposed Torres’ request.
That’s great, but whatever happened to Bret Schundler? We looked around and found this article from almost four months ago: Gov. Chris Christie fires N.J. schools chief Bret Schundler. It tells a long, tangled, and essentially boring story, and the details don’t concern us. The bottom line is that Schundler is toast, and New Jersey is unlikely to be a creationist fairyland in the near future.
That’s yet another cause for celebration on Kitzmas.
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