The summary of the bill is as follows:
The measure requires the State Board of Education, district boards of education and administrators to endeavor to create an environment that encourages students to explore scientific questions and respond appropriately to differences of opinion about controversial issues. Educational authorities will endeavor to assist teachers to find more effective ways to present the science curriculum where it addresses scientific controversies and teachers will be permitted to help students analyze the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories. No student will be penalized because the student subscribes to a particular position on scientific theories.The wording is all very broad including "education authorities" (which could be the Discovery Institute???) but the main thrust of this bill is to allow for teachers to help students analyze certain scientific controversies. Also, I'm afraid that teachers may misinterpret this line:
Students may be evaluated based upon their understanding of course materials, but no student in any public school or institution shall be penalized in any way because the student may subscribe to a particular position on scientific theories.Of course, no students should be graded based on their personal opinions but they MUST, not "may", be evaluated based on their understanding of all of the scientific references. This necessitates that the curriculum be appropriate and this act is no help. Please contact the Senate Education Committee and inform them that you would rather our government work to strengthen the education system instead of cut the legs out from under it.
And please do so quickly. Our government is in a great hurry.