• On 7 August 2012, voters in Missouri overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution regarding religious freedom. Although the proposal does not explicitly address the teaching of evolution, it does state, "that no student shall be compelled to perform or participate in academic assignments or educational presentations that violate his or her religious beliefs." Some are concerned that this language could allow public school students who believe in creationism to skip school assignments on evolution.

  • Federal agencies are being encouraged to develop policies and procedures to support science-related volunteering activities by their employees. A recent memo issued by the White House Office of Personnel Management encourages federal agencies to allow scientists and engineers to use flexible work schedules to perform science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related volunteer service.


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