According to this news brief, the Idaho Science Teacher’s Association has come out against teaching ID in science classes:
Science teachers in Idaho are officially against teaching intelligent design in the state’s public schools.
The Idaho Science Teachers Association has approved the official position, saying teachers in public schools are charged with teaching methodology that’s been approved by the scientific community.
Intelligent design contends that complex living organisms must have been created by a higher being.
The Association’s president says the teacher’s group isn’t taking a position against teaching religion, but he says under law, religion does not belong in the science classroom.
Having lived in Idaho (Pocatello, to be exact), I read this with interest. Some of my earliest clear memories are from the year I spent there (I was six at the time). I attended first grade in an Idaho public school, and based on that experience can say with some confidence that the separation of church and state means something very different there than in the rest of the world.
The brief summary above is a little vague. It makes it sound like the Idaho teachers might like to teach ID, but they feel compelled to do the bidding of “the scientific community.” Of course, the main reason for not teaching ID has nothing to do with the wishes of scientists, but rather with a desire not to tell falsehoods to impressionable students. There is also the final sentence, which suggests that it is simply a desire to uphold the law that leads them to not want to teach religion in science classes. There are better reasons for not teaching religion in science classes, after all.
Still, I like the clear implication that ID is religion, not science. And whatever the motivation for the statement was, it comes down in the right place.