Description: 

House Bill 1538 claims to promote “the freedom to teach students the strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories and controversies” but does not specifically identify what scientific topics are controversial, though evolution has been wrongly cited as controversial in similar bills in other states.

ACLU position: 

The ACLU of North Dakota opposes House Bill 1538, a bill that would allow the misrepresentation of science in the classroom. Facts are important, especially when educating North Dakota students. The ACLU of North Dakota stands with established national and local scientific and educational organizations which unanimously agree that there is no scientific controversy regarding the theory of evolution.

Sponsors

Rep. Hoverson, Johnston, K. Koppelman, Paulson, Simons

Status

Defeated

Session

2019

Bill number

Position

Oppose

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