This Palm Beach Post article has some bits where I was able to put an oar in the water.
A misconception created by those on the opposite ends of the evolution argument is that a belief in God and an acceptance of evolution are mutually exclusive, said Wesley Elsberry, a marine biologist and Michigan State University researcher studying the evolution of intelligent behavior. Evolution only explains how species have changed over time, not where they initially came from.
“Both sides aren’t satisfied with the idea that there are a substantial number of Christians who can also accept evolution,” said Elsberry, a Lakeland native who also is a consultant for Florida Citizens for Science, a group of parents and educators who support evolution and has members on the committee that drafted the standards.
Intelligent design has not gone through the rigorous testing and scientific criticism to warrant time in science classrooms, he said.
“This is not something that is accountable,” Elsberry said. “Our students, in their limited time in a science class, they need to receive the information that has received scrutiny through the scientific process.”
Either I wasn’t clear or something got garbled. Evolutionary science does discuss where species come from; there’s quite a lot of research on speciation processes. However, there is a distinction to be made concerning abiogenesis, which concerns how life arose.
Beyond quibbles about accuracy of phone interviews, though, the article demonstrates that Florida does have quite a challenge ahead in not only adopting better science standards, but also in implementing them in the science curricula. It’s pretty frightening that so many people in positions of authority over public schools evince such firm opposition to teaching evolutionary science, and such credulous acceptance of “intelligent design” creationism.