Tennessee’s House of Representatives has passed an academic freedom measure that would allow teachers in public science classrooms to present the strengths and weaknesses of controversial issues, such as evolution and global warming, without fear of discipline or termination.
ICR News initially reported on the proposed bill in March. The legislature voted 70 to 23 in favor of House Bill 368 on April 7, 2011. The bill summary reads:
This bill prohibits the state board of education and any public elementary or secondary school governing authority, director of schools, school system administrator, or principal or administrator from prohibiting 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, such as evolution and global warming.