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Evolution is and 'will remain' part of Arizona's science curriculum, Ducey says

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PHOENIX - When it comes to teaching science in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey is apparently on a different page than School Superintendent Diane Douglas.

Ducey said evolution should stay a part of the state's science curriculum, while creationism should remain out of science class.

“Evolution is part of the curriculum and will remain part of the curriculum," he said.

The governor's comment comes after we reported earlier this month that the Arizona's Department of Education, under Douglas, made revisions to a draft of updated science standards prepared by some of the state's teachers.

The revisions by the department omitted and watered down references to "evolution" and "evolve."

Ducey's words seem to conflict with those made by Douglas and a few other Republican school superintendent candidates at a forum last November.

t the forum, Douglas said the theory of intelligent design, a rebranding of the religious belief in the existence of a creator or creationism, should be taught along with the "theory of evolution."

"Then our children, to be critical thinkers, have to follow the trails where they take them," she said.

Douglas said back then that the department was working on science standards to "make sure this issue was addressed."

Ducey said he doesn't believe creationism and evolution are "mutually exclusive.”

"I believe in God. I believe God created humanity. And I believe there are evolutionary forces in nature," Ducey said.

Ducey mentioned that creationism could be introduced in literature, not in science.

“Where I’ve seen it done well is where schools work on the story of creation in some type of literature and evolution will be part of the science curriculum," he said.

The public was given until May 28 to weigh in on the proposed updates to the state's science curriculum, but on the last day for comment, the online survey was broken.

The Department of Education announced Tuesday the comment period deadline would be extended to noon on Thursday.

The proposed science standards can be viewed on the department's website, while comments can be made here.

Douglas said she was "committed to ensuring" residents had a opportunity to voice there opinions about the new standards.

“Due to the antiquated IT system the Department is forced to operate under, our comments survey experienced technical difficulties that did not allow Arizonans to leave their comment," Douglas said in a release. "We do not have the resources to have twenty-four seven monitoring of that web page, especially on a holiday weekend. I apologize for any inconvenience this caused."

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