Teacher Protection Academic Freedom Bill Passes Senate (Mar 21, 2012)
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The Teacher Protection Academic Freedom Bill (Senate Bill 893) passed the Senate on March 19 by a strong, bi-partisan vote of 25 to 8. (There are 33 Senators.) The bill makes it clear that teachers can help their students to develop critical thinking skills regarding scientific evidence and to consider the strengths and weaknesses of various scientific theories. And, yes, that includes evolution.
The Senate version did include an amendment clarifying the language of the bill, and it will have to go back to the State House for its approval. With the bill having passed the House already by a vote of 70 to 23, it is anticipated that the Senate version will get the 50 votes required for the bill to go to the Governor.