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Tennessee House Education Committee Passes Academic Freedom Bill

Casey Luskin

An academic freedom bill passed out of the Tennessee House Education Committee today by a vote of 9-4.

This follows after scientists and educators testified in support of the bill at a hearing 2 weeks ago. The bill states:

Neither the state board of education, nor any public elementary or secondary school governing authority, director of schools, school system administrator, or any public elementary or secondary school principal or administrator shall prohibit any teacher in a public school system of this state from helping students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught.

As discussed here, a lot of misinformation has been promoted about academic freedom legislation. Let’s hope that the truth wins out in Tennessee.


Casey Luskin

Associate Director, Center for Science and Culture
Casey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.



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