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Evolution an Issue in Teacher's Firing

Colin Dovichin, a first-year teacher at Lancaster High School, claims he is losing his job because he would not give in to pressure from parents to teach creationism alongside evolution in his science classroom. He also claims that he was attacked as "an atheist".

Michigan House Bill 4705

House Bill 4705 was introduced in the legislature in May 2001, and referred to the Education Committee. As with HB 4382, four Education Committee members are co-sponsors of this bill. As of this writing, the bill has not been heard in committee.

Louisiana House Bill 1286

House Bill 1286 was introduced in the legislature in March 2001, and referred to the House and Governmental Affairs Committee. Although this bill does not explicitly mention evolution, creationism, or education, its language echoes that of anti-evolution bills in other states.

West Virginia House Bill 2554

House Bill 2554 was introduced in the state legislature in February 2001, and referred to the Education Committee. The bill did not come up in committee before the legislature adjourned on April 14. The title of the bill explains its purpose as "Providing for the teaching of creation science and evolution science on an equal basis in the public schools."

Washington Senate Bill 6058

Senate Bill 6058 was introduced in the state legislature in February 2001, and referred to the Education Committee. The bill would require "all science textbooks purchased with state moneys" to contain an evolution disclaimer very similar to that required in Alabama since 1995. The bill had not been taken up in committee before the legislature adjourned its regular session on April 22.

For the text of SB 6058, see http://dlr.leg.wa.gov/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2001&bill=6058

Georgia House Bill 391

House Bill 391 was introduced in the state legislature in February 2001, and referred to the Education Committee. The bill was not taken up in committee before the legislature adjourned on March 21. This bill would have allowed teachers "to present and critique any and all scientific theories" about "the origins of life and living things, including the origins of humankind." It also encouraged teachers "to make distinctions between philosophical materialism and authentic science..." Read the text of HB 391 at http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2001_02/sum/hb391.htm

Michigan House Bill 4382

House Bill 4382 was introduced in the legislature in February 2001, and referred to the Education Committee. As of this writing, a hearing in committee is not expected in the near future. HB 4382 would revise Michigan's curriculum content standards to indicate that evolution and natural selection are "unproven theories". In addition, it provides that, along with those "unproven theories", students should be taught "... the theory that life is the result of the purposeful, intelligent design of a creator".

Montana House Bill 588

House Bill 588 was introduced in the state legislature in February 2001, and referred to the State Administration Committee. On February 19 it was heard in committee, and tabled by a 14–4 vote.

Kansas Board of Education Reinstates Evolution

On February 14, 2001, a newly-seated Kansas State Board of Education voted 7-3 to restore evolution to the Kansas science education standards. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Research Council issued a joint statement praising the SBE for their action. Here is their press release:

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