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"Alternative Theories" Legislation — Again

On February 8, 2005, a pair of bills — House Bill 352 and Senate Bill 240 — was introduced in the Alabama legislature, under the rubric of "The Academic Freedom Act." Virtually identical, these bills purport to protect the right of teachers "to present scientific critiques of prevailing scientific theories" and the right of students to "hold positions regarding scientific views." In language reminiscent of the Santorum language removed from the No Child Left Behind Act, they specify that "[t]he rights and privileges contained in this act apply when topics are taught that may generate co

Alabama legislature lets SB336 die without a vote


by Nick Matzke

On May 17, the final day of the 2004 legislative session, the Alabama state House adjourned without voting on SB336, a bill that would have allowed Alabama's teachers to present "alternative theories" of "biological or physical origins." Although SB336 was on the agenda for the final day, negotiations on the annual budget lasted into the evening, and the legislature adjourned at 10 p.m. without considering several controversial bills.

SB336 Approved by Alabama Senate Education Committee

by Nick Matzke

Senate Bill 336, the counterpart of Alabama House Bill 391, passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, March 10 by a vote of 7-0.

HB 391 Approved by Alabama House Education Committee

House Bill 391, one of two antievolution bills in the Alabama legislature, was passed by the House Education Committee by a vote of 10-2 (with one abstention) on March 3.

"Alternative Theories" Legislation in Alabama

On February 17, Senate Bill 336 -- entitled the "Academic Freedom Act" -- was introduced in the Alabama state Senate and referred to the Senate Education Committee.

State Board of Education Adopts Another Evolution Disclaimer

by Eric Meikle

The Alabama State Board of Education voted on November 8, 2001 to require that a statement referring to evolution as controversial be inserted in science textbooks. Since 1995 an evolution disclaimer (see below) has been pasted in Alabama's state-approved texts. Early this year the Board of Education adopted a new K-12 science education framework, the Alabama Course of Study: Science (ACOSS). Some observers had thought that Board might simply drop the previous disclaimer, given changes in ACOSS since 1995.

ALABAMA: Public Comment on Science Standards

Alabama is in the process of re-writing state science standards, and will accept comments on the first draft from ALABAMA RESIDENTS ONLY. The deadline is NOVEMBER 28. NCSE has written to members on how they may submit comments; you may also request this information from the State Department of Education. While the State has made print copies of the draft available at state textbook repositories and some other locations, NCSE volunteers have the standards available at two websites. If one link doesn´t work, simply try the other.

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