Monday, May 5, 2008

Academic Freedom Laws has an article today about the demise of the Florida academic freedom law, and the four additional states that have introduced similar legislation. Here is a section about the four new states. Let's keep them in our prayers.

On Wednesday, a Missouri House committee pass HB 2554, protecting the freedom of state elementary and secondary teachers to "review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of theories of biological and chemical evolution" with their students.

On Tuesday, Rep. John Moolenar introduced the "Evolution Academic Freedom Bill" (HB 6027) into the Michigan House with the intention of "helping prepare the best scientists of the future for our state and for our country" by giving them "the academic freedom to explore and critically examine scientific theories."

Last Monday, the Louisiana "Science Education Act" (SB 733) passed the Senate. The bill would require elementary and secondary school boards to support teachers helping students to develop "critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories."

The Alabama "Academic Freedom Act" (HB 923), introduced in the House on April 24, protects the right of all teachers in the state "to present scientific information pertaining to the full range of scientific views" without punishment or discrimination.

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