Kentucky, 1976 - SB 50
A bill that would give the instructor a choice of teaching creation alongside evolution, and students that accept creationism would be graded accordingly based on what the instructor teaches.
On January 6, 1976, Senator Walter Strong introduced Senate Bill No. 50. This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Education which recommended on February 5, that S.B. No. 50 should pass. On February 20, S. B. No. 50 was passed by a vote of 32 to 3 and transmitted to the House. S. B. No. 50 was referred to the House Committee on Education which recommended on March 5, that the bill should pass. On March 15, S. B. No. 50 was passed in the House by a vote of 73 to 7 and returned to the Senate, The Senate sent the bill to the Governor who signed S. B. No. 50 into law on March 30, 1976.
SENATE BILL NO. 50
An Act relating to education.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
Section 1. A new section of KRS [Kentucky Revised Statutes] Chapter 158 is created to read as follows:
(1) In any public school instruction concerning the theories of the creation of man and the earth, and which involves the theory thereon commonly known as evolution, any teacher so desiring may include as a portion of such instruction the theory of creation as presented in the Bible, and may accordingly read such passages in the Bible as are deemed necessary for instruction in the theory of creation, thereby affording students a choice as to which such theory to accept.
(2) For those students receiving such instruction, and who accept the Bible theory of creation, credit shall be permitted on any examination in which adherence to such theory is propounded, provided the response is correct according to the instruction received.
(3) No teacher in a public school may stress any particular denominational religious belief.
(4) This section is not to be construed as being adverse to any decision which has been rendered by any court of competent jurisdiction