California School Drops Intelligent Design Course, Settles Suit

January 17, 2006

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

On January 17, 2006 Americans United for Separation of Church and State reported, "Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that it has settled a lawsuit over a California school district’s decision to teach a course promoting creationism.

Americans United, with assistance from the law firm Arnold & Porter LLP, filed suit against the El Tejon Unified School District last week, seeking to end a course called 'Philosophy of Design' that promoted creationist ideas, including 'intelligent design.' The course, taught at Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec by special education teacher and soccer coach Sharon Lemburg, relied heavily on videos produced by fundamentalist Christian groups that espouse creationism.

Under the terms of the settlement, the course will terminate one week early. The district’s board of trustees has also agreed to language stating, 'No school over which the School District has authority, including the High School, shall offer, presently or in the future, the course entitled "Philosophy of Design" or "Philosophy of Intelligent Design" or any other course that promotes or endorses creationism, creation science, or intelligent design.'"