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Bible-as-science-reference bill in Idaho defused?

Idaho's Senate Bill 1321 (PDF) — which originally would have permitted the use of the Bible in Idaho's public schools "for reference purposes to further the study of" a variety of topics, including "astronomy, biology, [and] geology" — is reportedly going to be amended to omit the references to the sciences.

Two (or three) down in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's House Bill 3045 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies," died in the House Rules Committee on February 26, 2016, when a deadline for bills in the House of Representatives to be reported from committee expired.

Antiscience bill dies in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 1322 (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 25, 2015, when a deadline for senate bills to be reported from committee expired. 

Antiscience bill in Mississippi dies

Mississippi's House Bill 50, whose principal sponsor acknowledged was intended to allow teachers in the public schools to present creationism, died in the House Education Committee on February 23, 2016, when a deadline for bills to be reported out of committee expired.

Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa dies

House File 2054, which, if enacted, would have reversed Iowa's decision to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, died in committee on February 19, 2016, when a deadline for bills to be reported out of committee expired. The NGSS's treatment of evolution and climate change appears to have been part of the motivation for the bill.

Update from Mississippi

The principal sponsor of Mississippi's House Bill 50 acknowledged that the bill seeks to allow teachers to present creationism.

Science standards rejected in Idaho

"Idaho lawmakers have rejected new K-12 science standards after receiving criticism over how the [standards] — which for the first time include global warming and evolution components — were finalized," reported the Associated Press (February 9, 2016).

Antiscience bill in Mississippi

House Bill 50, introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives and referred to the House Education Committee on February 8, 2016, would, if enacted, allow science teachers with idiosyncratic opinions to teach anything they pleased — and prohibit responsible educational authorities from intervening.

Antiscience bill in South Dakota dies

South Dakota's Senate Bill 83 is out of commission, following a February 4, 2016, hearing in the Senate Education Committee. The committee voted 4-3 to defer further consideration of the bill to the forty-first legislative day, and since the legislative session in South Dakota is thirty-eight days long in 2016, the bill is effectively dead.

Update from South Dakota

South Dakota's Senate Bill 83 — which would, if enacted, allow teachers to teach "the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information" presented in courses aligned with the state education standards — received coverage from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader (January 31, 2016).

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