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Opposition to new science standards continues in South Dakota

"The debate over choosing standards for science education in South Dakota's public schools has become a divisive battleground with a clear split between science professionals who strongly support the new standards and opposing parents who disbelieve climate change and evolution," reports the Rapid City Journal (March 17, 2015).

Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa dies

House File 272, which would have prevented Iowa from adopting the Next Generation Science Standards, died on March 6, 2015, when a deadline for House bills to be reported out of committee passed.

 

Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa

House File 272, introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on February 17, 2015, and referred to the House Committee on Education, would, if enacted, prevent Iowa from adopting the Next Generation Science Standards — and part of the stated reason is the NGSS's treatment of evolution and climate change.

Antiscience bill dies in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 665 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies," died in the Senate Education Committee on February 26, 2015, when a deadline for senate bills to pass committee expired. 

Antiscience bill dies in Indiana

Indiana's Senate Bill 562 died in the Senate Education and Career Development Committee on February 25, 2015, when the deadline for Senate bills to have their third reading in the Senate passed.

Antiscience bill in Montana dies

Montana's House Bill 321, which purports to "encourage critical thinking regarding controversial scientific theories" such as "biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, random mutation, natural selection, DNA, and fossil discoveries," was tabled in the House Education Committee on February 9, 2015.

Antiscience bill in South Dakota dies

South Dakota's Senate Bill 114 is out of commission, following a February 10, 2015, hearing in the Senate Education Committee.

Storms over new Utah science standards?

Utah's new state standards for middle school science education are on hold, reports the Salt Lake Tribune (February 9, 2015) — and evolution and climate change may be the reason.

 

Montana's antiscience bill in the news

"A Billings legislator has reintroduced a bill that would encourage high school teachers to present evolutionary biology as disputed theory rather than sound science and protect those who teach viewpoints like creationism in the classroom," reports the Billings Gazette (January 29, 2015).

Progress in Scotland

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The petition to ask the Scottish government to ban the teaching of creationism in the public schools was revived when, at its January 27, 2015, meeting, the Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish parliament decided to forward the petition to the Education and Culture Committee for further action.

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