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Indiana textbook bill dies


House Bill 1388 has died quietly in the Indiana legislature. Introduced on January 12 and referred to the Committee on Education, the bill died when the deadline for action by the full House passed in early February. HB 1388 was authored by Rep. Bruce Borders, who had previously announced support for teaching "intelligent design" in public schools. The language of the bill reflects a common claim of evolution opponents about the "false" nature of evolution material, especially in textbooks.

The full text of HB 1388:

Sec. 5.1. In adopting textbooks for each subject under IC 20-20-5-5, the state board shall not adopt a textbook if the state board knows the textbook contains information, descriptions, conclusions, or pictures that are false.