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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.
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.
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.
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 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.