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Rep. seeks answers about evolution's disappearance from federal grant list

Published: Thursday August 24, 2006

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Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) has written to the Secretary of Education seeking details about the exclusion of evolutionary biology as an acceptable major for the Department of Education's new "National Smart Grant" program, RAW STORY has learned.

The New York Times reported yesterday that the subject had "vanished from the list of acceptable fields of study for recipients of a federal education grant for low-income college students."

Earlier today, the Department of Education issued a statement denying the major was actually removed:

"The misunderstanding occurred as the result of a draft document that omitted evolutionary biology from a list of majors put forth for use by colleges. As soon as the omission came to our attention, we took steps to correct it. However, regardless of its omission on that one document, evolutionary biology was and continues to be SMART grant eligible."

Waxman's letter, as acquired by RAW STORY, follows: