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Nature on the spate of antiscience bills

Fri, 2017-05-12 20:11

With the 2017 legislative season nearing its end, Nature (May 12, 2017) turned to consider the year's spate of antiscience bills. 

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NCSE's Branch and Reid in Scientific American

Thu, 2017-05-11 17:36

NCSE's Glenn Branch and Ann Reid contributed a column — "50 Years Ago: Repeal of Tennessee's 'Monkey Law'" — to Scientific American's Observations blog (May 10, 2017).

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Antiscience legislation dies in Texas

Tue, 2017-05-09 01:00

House Bill 1485, which ostensibly would have provided Texas science teachers with the academic freedom to teach "the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesseses of existing scientific theories" covered in the state science standards, died in committee on May 8, 2017, when a deadline for bills to pass committee expired.

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NCSE's counter-Heartland flyer resource

Mon, 2017-05-08 20:43
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Antiscience bill passed in Florida

Fri, 2017-05-05 17:09

A Florida bill aimed at empowering taxpayers to object to the use of specific instructional materials in the public schools, with climate change and evolution clearly among the targets, is now headed to Governor Rick Scott's desk for a signature.

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Antiscience resolution adopted in Alabama

Wed, 2017-05-03 15:49

The Alabama Senate voted to adopt House Joint Resolution 78 (PDF) ion a voice vote on May 2, 2017, joining the Alabama House of Representatives, which voted to adopt the resolution in April 2017.

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A preview of A Global Warming Primer

Tue, 2017-05-02 23:36

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Jeffrey Bennett's A Global Warming Primer (Big Kid Science, 2016). 

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Oklahoma's antiscience bill blocked

Fri, 2017-04-28 15:30

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 393 (PDF), which would empower science denial in the classroom, failed to receive a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives on April 27, 2017, the last day on which it could do so, and is therefore blocked — for now.

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NCSE's counter-Heartland flyers

Thu, 2017-04-27 21:40

NCSE is pleased to announce the on-line release of three flyers addressing the Heartland Institute's recent mailing of unsolicited climate change denial propaganda to science teachers across the country.

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Alabama's antiscience resolution denounced

Thu, 2017-04-27 19:24

Writing on AL.com (April 27, 2017), Amanda Glaze denounced Alabama's House Joint Resolution 78 (PDF), which passed the House and is now headed for the floor of the Senate.

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The Weather Channel on Idaho's science standards

Thu, 2017-04-27 00:02

A story on the Weather Channel's website (April 22, 2017) examined the controversy over the legislature's deletion of climate change from the state science standards in detail.

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Victory in Texas

Fri, 2017-04-21 18:47

In a victory for the integrity of science education in Texas, the Texas state board of education approved a revision to the state science standards that removed language that opened the door to creationism.

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Antiscience bills progress further in Florida

Fri, 2017-04-21 17:25

On April 20, 2017, House Bill 989 passed the Florida House of Representatives on a 94-25 vote, while its counterpart, Senate Bill 1210, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 16-0 vote. 

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Walter R. Hearn dies

Mon, 2017-04-17 16:00

Walter R. Hearn, a biochemist active in defending evolution within evangelical circles, died on April 11, 2017, at the age of 91, according to the American Scientific Affiliation (April 14, 2017).

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Florida's antiscience bills denounced

Fri, 2017-04-14 22:31

Florida's House Bill 989 and Senate Bill 1210  — bills aimed at empowering taxpayers to object to the use of specific instructional materials in the public schools, with climate change and evolution clearly among the targets — were the subjects of sharp criticism in a pair of commentaries.

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Antiscience bill progresses further in Oklahoma

Thu, 2017-04-13 17:22

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 393 (PDF), which would empower science denial in the classroom, was passed on a 4-3 vote by the House General Government Oversight and Accountability Committee on April 13, 2017. 

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NCSE at the Union of Concerned Scientists

Wed, 2017-04-12 18:25

NCSE's Ann Reid, Glenn Branch, and Steve Newton contributed a guest commentary discussing the Heartland Institute's mailing of climate change denial material to teachers to the blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (April 12, 2017).

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Antiscience resolution in Alabama progresses

Tue, 2017-04-11 16:55

Alabama's House Joint Resolution 78 (PDF), which would, if adopted, ostensibly urge state and local education authorities to promote the academic freedom of science teachers in the state's public schools, passed the House Committee on Rules and then the House on a voice vote on April 6, 2017. 

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Further progress for Florida's antiscience bills

Fri, 2017-04-07 21:52

One of the two bills aimed at empowering taxpayers to object to the use of specific instructional materials in the public schools — whose supporters have evolution and climate change in their sights — progressed further in the Florida legislature.

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Arkansas creationism bill apparently dies

Wed, 2017-04-05 00:14

When the Arkansas legislature recessed on April 3, 2017, House Bill 2050 (PDF) — which would, if enacted, have allowed "public schools to teach creationism and intelligent design as theories alongside the theory of evolution" — apparently died.
 

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