THE Texas legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on 01 June. That means the death of HB 4224, “Relating to the teaching of science in public schools.”
The bill was sponsored by Wayne Christian. It’s typical of other anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism bills modeled after the misleadingly-named Academic Freedom Act, promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). If passed, it would have restored the pro-creationist “strengths and weaknesses” language to the Texas science education standards.
The bill didn’t even come close to passing. It never left the House committee on Public Education, to which it was sent on 24 March, ten days after being filed. There was no companion bill in the Senate.
With all the chaos we’ve been reporting about science education in Texas, the death of this bill isn’t really big news. But it’s good news, and we’ll take whatever we can get.
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