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There?s a petition and statement going around regarding HF 183 for Iowa academics to sign. The text reads: We, the undersigned members of institutions of higher learning in Iowa, urge our legislators to reject passage of “The Evolution Academic Freedom Act” (HF 183) introduced by Rod Roberts (R-Carroll). The language of this bill comes primarily…

Missouri

No sooner than Oklahoma?s SB 320 gets axed than we find out about another ?academic freedom?/?strengths and weaknesses? bill. This time it?s Missouri HB 656 introduced on Feb 10th. As NCSE reports, Robert Wayne Cooper (R-District 155), the chief sponsor, has a history of wasting time introducing pro-creationism bills. So the current state of play…

SB 320 Dies

I had received the news that Oklahoma SB 320 died in committee whilst at the Will Rogers airport heading home. I tried to post some details using my phone but that clearly didn’t work. In the comments section Vic provides the details. This means the state of the nation currently is: Mississippi – disclaimer –…

Gallup Poll on “belief” in evolution

More here. My gut feeling is that an improvement in general science education in this country could swing many of the “no opinion” folks towards evolution.

Alabama

No sooner that I posted the current status of anti-evolution legislation that Glenn Branch posted on a new ?academic freedom? bill in Alabama. HB 300 is sponsored by Republican (seeing a trend here?) David Grimes and has been sent to committee. Unsurprisingly, it?s the same old DI boilerplate that is popping up everywhere. So the…

Mississippi Disclaimer Bill Dead.

The NCSE is reporting that the Mississippi Disclaimer Bill has died in committee, leaving Alabama as the only state with a disclaimer on biology textbooks. Apparently the bill?s sponsor, Gary Chism (R-Distinct 37) is considering ?drafting another bill next year supporting the teaching of the strengths and weaknesses of evolutionary theory in public school classrooms.?…

Another ?academic freedom? bill, this time in Iowa. Those little beavers over at the DI have been busy over the past few months apparently. The “Evolution Academic Freedom Act” (HF 183; ?A bill for an act relating to the teaching of chemical and biological evolution in school districts and public postsecondary institutions and providing an…

New Mexico joins the horde …

NCSE is reporting that a ?strengths and weaknesses? bill is on the table in New Mexico. It?s your typical ?academic freedom? bill that the DI has been shilling for a while now: The department, school district governing authorities and school administrators shall not prohibit any teacher, when biological evolution or chemical evolution is being taught…

I?m quoted in a press release regarding a teacher training workshop (the ?Evolution Challenges Workshop?) we?re giving at ASU to help middle and high school teachers teach evolution. Money quotes: Studies have shown that ?16 percent of high school biology teachers are essentially young earth creationists who deny human evolution, with only 28 percent accepting…

And it’s Mississippi’s turn …

PZ is reporting that Mississippi is considering one of those inane textbook disclaimer bills (HB 25), the sort of thing that occurred in Alabama and Georgia. AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO INCLUDE CERTAIN LANGUAGE EXPLAINING THAT EVOLUTION IS A THEORY IN THE INSIDE FRONT COVER OF CERTAIN PUBLIC SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS;…