AUSTIN — Conservatives are claiming victory in a state education board decision to streamline controversial evolution-related biology standards, and as it turns out, liberals seem equally pleased.

A left-leaning watchdog group, the Texas Freedom Network, in a statement said the streamlined standards would “… no longer include misleading requirements designed to undermine the teaching of evolution.”

Meanwhile, Texas Values, a conservative nonprofit organization headlined its statement on the same decision: “Victory! State Board of Education Preserves Strong Science Standards.”

Ronald Wetherington, a Southern Methodist University anthropology professor, who as part of an advisory committee helped negotiate the changes that board members adopted last week, said finding language the factions could agree on involved compromises.

But Glenn Branch, deputy director of the National Center for Science Education, said there was no compromise in the scientific or pedagogical approach.

“It was a win for Texas students,” Branch said of the vote, which came the day before crowds around the world marched to support science. “It is definitely a positive change.”

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