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Protect Arizona public schools from antiscience bills
Arizona's SB 1213 would, if it becomes law, pose a grave threat to students and science education throughout Arizona. The bill singles out evolution, climate change, and other scientific topics as supposed scientific "controversies," overrides the authority of local districts to establish clear curriculum, undercuts teachers' ability to maintain classroom discipline, and rewrites the rules for science classes, all with the goal of opening the door to creationist lessons. This would open teachers and school districts to lawsuits, and undermine the quality of the education the students receive.
Similar bills have been proposed and rejected in many states. Teachers, scientists, parents, and students have rallied against them, demanding accurate, honest, up-to-date science education. Rather than creationist-manufactured controversy, they want science lessons to match the content of textbooks, state science standards, and the best guidance of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Teachers Association, and other leading science and education organizations.
Concerned Arizonans must make their voices heard to ensure that, when legislators debate this bill, they do not open science classroom doors to religious indoctrination, nonscience, or bad science.
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