Arizona 2013 SB1213

State: Arizona Date introduced: January 28, 2013 Main sponsor: Rep. Judy Burges and Rep. Chester Crandell Bill Number: SB 1213 Bill Title: None. "Science instructions; requirements" Current Status: Died in Senate Education Committee

One bill endevouring to "create an environment in schools that encourages pupils to explore scientific questions," introduced in Arizona in 2013.

Other sponsors: Murphy, Pierce, Shooter, Yarbrough


SB 1213
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
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Section 1. Title 15, chapter 7, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes,
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is amended by adding section 15-706.01, to read:
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15-706.01.
Science instruction; requirements
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A. THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, COUNTY
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SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS, SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARDS, SCHOOL DISTRICT
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SUPERINTENDENTS, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS SHALL ENDEAVOR
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TO:
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1. CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT IN SCHOOLS THAT ENCOURAGES PUPILS TO EXPLORE
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SCIENTIFIC QUESTIONS, LEARN ABOUT SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE, DEVELOP CRITICAL
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THINKING SKILLS AND RESPOND APPROPRIATELY AND RESPECTFULLY TO DIFFERENCES OF
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OPINION ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES.
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2. ASSIST TEACHERS TO FIND EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PRESENT THE SCIENCE
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CURRICULUM AS IT ADDRESSES SCIENTIFIC CONTROVERSIES. TEACHERS SHALL BE
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ALLOWED TO HELP PUPILS UNDERSTAND, ANALYZE, CRITIQUE AND REVIEW IN AN
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OBJECTIVE MANNER THE SCIENTIFIC STRENGTHS AND SCIENTIFIC WEAKNESSES OF
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EXISTING SCIENTIFIC THEORIES COVERED IN THE COURSE BEING TAUGHT.
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B. THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, COUNTY
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SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS, SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARDS, SCHOOL DISTRICT
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SUPERINTENDENTS, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS SHALL NOT
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PROHIBIT ANY TEACHER IN THIS STATE FROM HELPING PUPILS UNDERSTAND, ANALYZE,
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CRITIQUE AND REVIEW IN AN OBJECTIVE MANNER THE SCIENTIFIC STRENGTHS AND
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WEAKNESSES OF EXISTING SCIENTIFIC THEORIES COVERED IN THE COURSE BEING
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TAUGHT.
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C. THIS SECTION PROTECTS ONLY THE TEACHING OF SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
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AND DOES NOT PROMOTE ANY RELIGIOUS OR NONRELIGIOUS DOCTRINE, PROMOTE
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DISCRIMINATION FOR OR AGAINST A PARTICULAR SET OF RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OR
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NONBELIEFS OR PROMOTE DISCRIMINATION FOR OR AGAINST RELIGION OR NONRELIGION.
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Sec. 2.
Intent
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The legislature finds and declares that:
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1. An important purpose of science education is to inform students
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about scientific evidence and to help students develop critical thinking
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skills necessary to becoming intelligent, productive and scientifically
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informed citizens.
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2. The teaching of some scientific subjects, including biological
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evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming and human cloning,
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can cause controversy.
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3. Some teachers may be unsure
of the expectations concerning
how they
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should present information on such subjects.
 

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