The Texas Board of Education has tightened its process for approving textbooks, and as a result it will be less of an embarrassment for science teachers. For many years, creationists and related anti-evolution activists have obstructed the smooth functioning of education by interfering with the state's review of textbooks. Whether it was helping religious advocates to teach creationism, enabling non-scientists to debate evolutionary science through "teach the controversy" subterfuges, or demanding that specific passages be removed, anti-science forces have had inappropriate influence for years in Texas education. The Board adopted new rules for reviews that ought to prevent most of that in the future. Details from the Associated Press.