A few days ago we posted about Creationists on an Ohio School Board. Two school board members in Springboro, a suburb of Dayton, were babbling crazily about trying to get the five-member board to provide for teaching creationism in their classrooms. The two outspoken creationists on the board were Kelly Kohls (head of the Warren County Tea Party) and Scott Anderson.
After a week of receiving letters of support, rebuke and threats of legal action from across the nation, school board member Kelly Kohls revised her position on whether Springboro schools should teach creationism. She said parents should have the choice of using state funds to send their children to other schools if they want to learn about creationism and intelligent design.
Flaming maroon! She’s a big-time Tea Party gal, but she wants to use taxpayer funds to support a creationist madrasah. Let’s read on:
Now Kohls said she doesn’t see her district moving forward with the controversial issue anytime soon. “I don’t think it is something any of us are pursuing,” Kohls said. “I think people should have options.”
Your only honorable option, Kelly, is to resign in disgrace. We continue:
Instead, Kohls would like to see expanded “school choice” and possibly vouchers for parents who want their children to learn about such topics, she said. Vouchers, which use state money to send students to parochial or private schools, are only available to parents in low-performing districts. Springboro schools are rated excellent.
So what if vouchers aren’t needed to get kids out of low-performing schools? Kelly doesn’t care; she’s apparently willing to raise taxes so kids can learn the “science” of Noah’s Ark in religious schools. She’s quite the Tea Party babe! Here’s more:
Representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the national Freedom From Religion Foundation have written Springboro school leaders, noting legal action would be imminent if the district decided to teach some form of creationism.
“It is wildly inappropriate for the religious beliefs of a few school board members to be pushed on a captive audience of public school students,” wrote Rebecca Markert, staff attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Her letter cites six court decisions since 1968 rejecting creationism in public schools.
Those cases are probably on this list from the National Center for Science Education: Major Cases. Kelly doesn’t care; she’s on a mission. Moving along:
“I think we have other issues more important to deal with,” said board member Mike Kruse. “No way, no how, no place should it be in public schools. I’m hoping the board would bring this to a vote and get the issue resolved.”
Sanity on a school board? That’s certainly refreshing. One more excerpt:
Two other board members, Scott Anderson and Gentry Ellis, both agreed the debate was a distraction, but said they would support an elective class on world religions similar to courses taught at the college level that would allow students to explore other beliefs about creation.
Anderson seems to have suddenly lost his creationist fervor. Ah well, these school board flair-ups are always occurring, but since the Kitzmiller case they quickly die down. This one certainly seems to be fading away. We doubt that we’ll be posting about Springboro any more.
That’s good for the kids in Ohio, but bad news for your Curmudgeon. We won’t have Springboro to kick around. No problem — we’ll find some other official idiocy to write about. There’s plenty of it out there.
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