Published online 9 July 2008 | Nature 454, 150 (2008) | doi:10.1038/454150e

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Texas educator sues over job loss and creationism

A former Texas official is suing the state's education agency, saying that its policies passively endorse creationism.

In a complaint filed with a district court on 1 July, Christina Comer, a former director of state science education, alleged that officials tacitly condone the teaching of creationism through a policy of neutrality. Comer oversaw Texas's science curriculum until last November, when she was forced to resign for circulating a notice of a talk entitled “Inside Creationism's Trojan Horse”. In her termination notice, Comer was told that the education agency endeavoured to “remain neutral” on the issue of creationism.

Comer's complaint argues that board neutrality violates the separation of church and state. She is also seeking reinstatement to her former position. 

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