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Opposition to Indiana's creationist bill

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (January 3, 2012) editorially criticized Indiana's Senate Bill 89.

Creationist legislation in Indiana

Senate Bill 89, prefiled in the Indiana Senate and referred to the Committee on Education and Career Development, would, if enacted, amend the Indiana Code to provide that "[t]he governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation."

A voice for evolution from Indiana

The Indiana Department of Education explains its position on the teaching of evolution in the Hoosier State. A memorandum on the departmental website explains (PDF) that evolution is contained in the state science standards.

Indiana Academy of Science adds its voice for evolution

The Indiana Academy of Science adopted a resolution (PDF) in 2007 supporting the teaching of evolution as critically important in "a strong grounding in the fundamental principles of science for all of Indiana's youths":
Whereas science is defined as and limited to explanations based on natural, observable and testable phenomena and, therefore, is explicitly distinguished from other types of explanations that depend on concepts relating to the supernatural (for exampl

Indiana textbook bill dies


House Bill 1388 has died quietly in the Indiana legislature. Introduced on January 12 and referred to the Committee on Education, the bill died when the deadline for action by the full House passed in early February. HB 1388 was authored by Rep. Bruce Borders, who had previously announced support for teaching "intelligent design" in public schools.

Antievolution legislation in Indiana


Antievolution legislation materialized in Indiana, but not in the form originally threatened by its sponsor. According to the Indianapolis Star (January 11, 2006), Representative Bruce A. Borders (R-Jasonville) introduced House Bill 1388 in the Indiana House of Representatives on January 10, 2006.

Indiana Legislation Contemplating ID?


The Indianapolis Star reports in an article on November 3, 2005, that the speaker of the House, Brian Bosma, as well as 36 of 52 Republican legislators, have surveyed their constituents regarding opinions on equal time for intelligent design (ID) in science classes. Rep.

East Porter approves biology textbook


On April 25, 2005, the board of the East Porter County (Indiana) School Corporation voted 6-1 to adopt science textbooks recommended by a district committee. Several board members had previously raised questions about the proposed biology texts because they contained material about evolution, but not about creationism or other "alternative theories," and a decision on the textbooks was delayed to allow board members time to inspect the proposed texts.

"Creation Science" Class Requested

A petition requesting that an elective class in "creation science" be taught has been presented to the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation Board in Columbus, Indiana. According to news reports about 1300 people signed the petition. A school district committee will be looking into the request to determine if any other public schools offer such a separate creation science class, or if curricula exist for one.

Board Challenged on Teacher Reprimand

On August 13, 2001 the Lafayette School Corporation board was asked by a Jefferson High School chemistry teacher to remove a formal reprimand placed in his personnel file by the district's superintendent last September. The reprimand accused the teacher "of teaching religion through creationism in a classroom setting" according to a Lafayette Journal and Courier account.

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