The Detroit Free Press has a report on the Dover decision that includes this tidbit:
The next court test on whether public schoolchildren can be taught that some intelligent force set the universe in motion could move to Michigan now that a federal judge has barred a Pennsylvania district from teaching intelligent design…
In Michigan, the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor has threatened to sue Gull Lake Community Schools in the community of Richland for refusing to allow two middle school science teachers to teach intelligent design. Representatives from the center have said they are also considering defending teachers in other districts who want to teach intelligent design.
The center did not say today whether it will carry out a previous threat to sue Gull Lake Schools.
It also provides a little background on the Gull Lake situation that shows why the TMLC would be quite foolish to pursue the case after the Dover decision:
The Michigan teachers, Julie Olson and Dawn Wenzel, put a book on intelligent design called “Of Pandas and People” on Gull Lake’s annual textbook list. Wenzel and Olson also added a lesson involving “Of Pandas and People” into the district’s binder-thick science curriculum.
The school board subsequently approved both, and the teachers quietly taught intelligent design to middle school students until a parent complained in the fall of 2004. That’s when the district ordered the teachers to stop.
The superintendent said the board approved the overall book list and curriculum, and didn’t realize they were also approving something that included intelligent design. But the Thomas More Center, a legal advocacy group defending Christian principles, maintained the district had approved teaching the controversial lessons, and threatened to sue.
Given that the Dover trial established beyond a shadow of a doubt that Of Pandas and People is a creationist textbook no different from what was banned in Edwards v Aguillard, the TMLC would be foolhardy to attempt to defend it again. The courts have made clear that teachers do not have a right to teach material outside of the approved curriculum, much less material that has already been ruled unconstitutional.
Update: My MCFS colleague Don Weinshank was on WJR radio this morning with a representative from the TMLC and when asked whether they still intend to file a suit in Gull Lake, he answered yes and indicated that it would be filed within 2-3 months. Wow. Are they fools or masochists?