Our intrepid Oklahoma operative, code-named “OO,” informed us of some new developments in that creationism-drenched state.
This link to Brecheen’s bill, SB 1742, informs us of very little, but according to our operative, who is never wrong:
Brecheen’s academic freedom act bill, SB 1742, is now “dormant.” It did not get out of committee by the deadline of 1 March. Thus, it is presumably ‘dead’ for the year, but could remain as a possibility for next year, but not likely.
We can’t find any news stories to corroborate this, but we’ll go with what our operative says. Brecheen’s bill was based on Louisiana’s Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), which permits unspecified “supplemental materials” — wink, wink — to be used in science classes. The Louisiana law was inspired by the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).
That leaves Oklahoma with Kern’s bill: HB1551, revived from last year, which we described in detail last January. The legislature’s page for her bill doesn’t reveal much progress, but our operative informs us that it passed a vote in committee 9-7.
There’s plenty of time for Kern’s bill to make progress. Oklahoma’s legislative session isn’t scheduled to end until 26 May. Even if this one remaining bill doesn’t succeed this session, as long as Josh Brecheen and Sally Kern are members of the legislature, you can rely on similar efforts next year. Creationists never learn.
Hey, for what it’s worth — which ain’t much — the Discoveroids have a post with a survey of currently pending state legislation: Dear Education Reformers, Please Come Together to Support Academic Freedom — and Here’s How. Don’t spend too much time reading it, because it’ll fry your brain, but here’s what they say about Kern’s bill:
This bill is also an academic freedom bill. It would protect from administrative reprisal those teachers who would teach in an objective manner both sides of the scientific controversies. Still good.
The Discoveroids like it. That’s all you need to know.
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