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Indiana's Senate Bill 89, which if enacted would allow local school districts to "require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science," was passed by the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development on January 25, 2012.
Opposition to Indiana's Senate Bill 89, which if enacted would allow local school districts to "require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science," is mounting — and coming, moreover, from a variety of perspectives.
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."
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
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 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.
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.
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.