Three States Introduce Anti-Science Bills

Oklahoma and Missouri have joined Virginia as the first states of 2014 to see bills introduced that are designed to target evolution education in public science classrooms. Oklahoma’s SB 1765 features common language encouraging teachers to help students “analyze” and “critique” the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories.” The bill’s sponsor has repeatedly targeted evolution education in past years. Missouri’s HB 1587 is similar to the Oklahoma bill but explicitly mentions evolution. Another Missouri bill, HB 1472, would require school districts and charter schools to have “a policy on parental notification and a mechanism where a parent can choose to remove the student from any part of the district's or school's instruction on evolution.”