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In the thick of it
There are several issues that Florida Citizens for Science has been actively involved with. The most high-profile ones to date have been the creation and approval of a new set of state science standards for Florida's public schools, and the fight against deceptively-named "academic freedom" bills in the state legislature. Below are links to historical narratives of these events and other useful resources Florida Citizens for Science has compiled.
Antievolution "critical analysis" bill filed again, 2011
State Senator Stephen Wise filed a bill yet again that would require "critical analysis" of evolution in public schools. Florida Citizens for Science is tracking the bill and actively educating the public and lawmakers about the dangers of this bill. See our string of blog posts covering this issue.
Antievolution "critical analysis" bill filed, 2009
State Senator Stephen Wise filed a bill that would require "critical analysis" of evolution in public schools. However, the bill never advanced and eventually died without a hearing. Sen. Wise was quoted in the news as saying he wanted Intelligent Design taught, but the concept wasn't put in writing in the bill. See our string of blog posts covering this issue.
Evolution in the state science standards, 2008
Throughout 2007 and into 2008, Florida Citizens for Science members were active in the state science standards revision process. Members assisted in the framing, writing, and editing of the new standards. As expected, a statewide conflict erupted over the prominence of evolution in the new document, prompting a vigorous campaign by FCS to defend sound science education. The following seven-part story by FCS board member Brandon Haught documents many of the twists and turns of this lengthy battle. Additionally, videos from the State Board of Education Feb. 19 meeting and Feb. 11 public hearing are available below.
"Academic Freedom" bills in Florida legislature, 2008
There is no rest for the weary. Florida Citizens for Science members celebrated the approval of the state's new science standards only to be confronted a few weeks later with two deceptively-named "academic freedom" bills in the state legislature. The following five-part story documents the highs and lows of round two in the evolution fight. (Text provided by National Center for Science Education, with additions by Brandon Haught.) Additionally, videos showing debate on these bills are archived here.
Over the years there have been at least three Florida school board election campaigns that mentioned opposition to evolution in some way. Here in Florida we do have anti-science groups that are getting bolder in their public relations campaigns to undermine science. An event in southern Florida in the fall of 2006 brought in big names from out of state to spread their misinformation. We've also seen controversies over science textbooks crop up on occasion.
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