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Antiscience bill in Virginia dies

Virginia's House Bill 207 died in the House Education Committee on February 11, 2014, when a deadline for bills to pass their house of origin passed. 

Mixed news from Virginia

Virginia's House Bill 207, which would deprive administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies," is in search of a home.

Update from Virginia

Virginia's House Bill 207 received extensive coverage in a hometown newspaper — The Recorder, published in the district of the bill's sponsor, Richard P. "Dickie" Bell (R-District 20). In reporting on various bills introduced by Bell, the newspaper commented (January 23, 2014), "By far, Bell's proposal for science teachers has attracted the most scrutiny."

Antiscience bill introduced in Virginia

House Bill 207, prefiled in the Virginia House of Delegates on December 27, 2013, and referred to the Committee on Education, is the first antiscience bill of 2014.

Polling climate in Virginia

A new poll (PDF) conducted by the Old Dominion University Social Science Research Center included a question about climate change — and while a majority of respondents accepted the fact that human activity is a major contributing factor in climate change, the responses varied to a remarkable degree by political preference.

A Missouri amendment in Virginia?

Would a proposed amendment to the Virginia state constitution have undermined the teaching of evolution in the state's public schools?

"Witch hunt" against climate scientist blocked

Michael Mann

Climate scientist Michael Mann's private e-mails and research notes will remain private, thanks to a ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court.

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