Voters Oust Dover School Board

Ann Althouse althouse at
Wed Nov 9 06:48:07 PST 2005

I'd say the voluntary cessation doctrine would cover anything that  
might appear moot here.


On Nov 9, 2005, at 7:56 AM, James Maule wrote:

> According to an article in this  morning's Philadelphia Inquirer
> [ (a free
> subscription site)], voters in Dover, Pa., where the intelligent  
> design
> curriculum trial recently concluded, replaced  all 8 Republican school
> board members who were up for re-election with Democrats who  
> campaigned
> on removing intelligent design from the curriculum. This, note, in a
> heavily Republican area. (There is a ninth board member whose term did
> not end.)
> When I saw this my first thought was, ok, the new school board (which
> is sworn in on Dec 5) changes the curriculum, and this would seem to
> moot the case. Would it be dismissed by agreement? By the judge? Could
> it be dismissed? Should it be dismissed?
> But further reading revealed that the group "sponsoring" the slate of
> Democrats had promised that if they claimed a majority of the school
> board, they would not rush to change the curriculum. He stated, "The
> guiding force for this group is going to be Judge Jones' decision." So
> there goes dismissal by agreement, and I guess there goes dismissal
> because the issue is mooted. Unless the judge calls the parties in for
> an in-chambers post-trial settlement attempt?
> One of the ousted school board members claims the vote was not so much
> a vote against intelligent design being taught as a vote against
> spending money to litigate the case.
> At the end of the article, the writer notes that the Kansas Board of
> Education "yesterday approved science standards for public schools  
> that
> cast doubt on the theory of evolution."
> Jim Maule
> Villanova Univesrity School of Law
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