Comer v. Scott — Background Information

IT’S TOO EARLY for a news update in the suit filed by Christina Comer against the Texas Education Agency (the “TEA”) and Education Commissioner Robert Scott, but we can direct you to some useful background material.

The National Center for Science Education is doing its usual excellent job of providing information by posting this article: Science Supervisor Chris Comer Sues Texas Education Agency.

Here’s an excerpt, but you may as well click on the above link and read the entire article:

Comer’s offense was that she forwarded an email from NCSE’s Glenn Branch announcing a talk by NCSE board member Dr. Barbara Forrest, co-author of Creationism’s Trojan Horse, a critique of intelligent design creationism (see previous coverage here and here). Administrators reprimanded her for having informed her colleagues about the upcoming talk because it implied “that TEA endorses the speaker’s position on a topic on which the agency must remain neutral.”

Among the links to be found there is this one, to a copy of the complaint filed in court: Comer v. Scott, et al . (it’s a 70-page pdf file).

Besides directing you to the information described above, your Curmudgeon offers an additional resource: For access to all court papers now and hereafter filed regarding this case, if you have a PACER subscription, you can go here: Justia Federal District Court Filings & Dockets. That site also has links to other information on the internet about the case and the parties, and those don’t require PACER, but the links are sometimes useless. They’re search queries, so as time goes on they should be increasingly productive.

A PACER subscription is free, and can be obtained here: PACER Service Center. Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is a service of the United States Judiciary.

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