DOVER, PA. (AP)_Voters ousted eight Republican school board members who backed a statement on intelligent design being read in biology class, replacing them with Democrats who want the concept stripped from the science curriculum.
The election Tuesday unfolded amid a landmark federal trial involving the Dover public schools and the question of whether intelligent design promotes the Bible's view of creation. Eight Dover families sued, saying it violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
Dover's school board adopted a policy in October 2004 that requires ninth-graders to hear a prepared statement about intelligent design before learning about evolution.
Eight of the nine school board members were up for election Tuesday. A slate of Democrats argued that science class was not the appropriate forum for teaching intelligent design.
A spokesman for the winning slate of candidates has said they wouldn't act hastily and would consider the outcome of the court case. The judge expects to rule by January; the new school board members will be sworn in Dec. 5.
Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex it must have been created by some higher force. The statement read to students says Charles Darwin's theory is "not a fact" and has inexplicable "gaps."