These posts don’t generate much commentary, but the news is worth reporting anyway. Back in the beginning of January we wrote Strange Creationist Bill in Arizona. It was the first time we had ever seen a “controversial issues” bill designed to keep creationism out of the public schools.
If it were to become law law, public school teachers couldn’t discuss woman’s suffrage, prohibition, racism, evolution, or dozens of other topics. Since Arizona’s bill, we’ve seen several others get introduced in state legislatures, but none have become law yet.
Anyway, our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) are now reporting: “Controversial issues” legislation in Arizona dies. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Arizona’s House Bill 2002, which would have required the adoption of a code of ethics for public school teachers with a provision that could have adversely affected science education, died on February 22, 2019, when a deadline for House bills to be considered by their House committees passed.
That’s a shabby way for legislation to die. It wasn’t even voted down in committee. Ah well, it was a sleazy bill, so it deserved a sleazy death. There’s not much else in NCSE’s article so that’s the news from Arizona.
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