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TEA files motion to dismiss Chris Comer lawsuit

Posted in Evolution with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2008 by airtightnoodle

Thanks to Stacy over at Colloquy for linking to this tidbit from The Texas Observer.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has, of course, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Chris Comer, former science director, who was forced out of her job after sending an email regarding a talk being given by Barbara Forrest.

Forrest Wilder raises a good point in saying:

Still, the teaching of evolution is the official policy of the state. If TEA staffers generally, and the science curriculum director in particular, are tasked with administering the state’s policy on science, how can they reasonably be expected to remain “neutral” on evolution? What does that even mean?

Science standards revision time! Get ready, Texans!

Posted in Education with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2008 by airtightnoodle

The Texas State Board of Education is getting ready to revise the science TEKS (for those out of state: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills; basically, the science education standards for the state).  The following comes from the TABT (Texas Association of Biology Teachers).  A similar statement has been released by STAT (Science Teachers Association of Texas).

In an unprecedented move in the last round of English Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) updates, the State Board of Education (SBOE) rejected three years of revision work completed by highly competent Texas English teachers. At the last minute, the SBOE substituted and approved a substitute document submitted by a few members of the SBOE. Please let your SBOE member and state legislature know that you are concerned with any efforts to ignore the revision work of the Texas science teachers.

TABT members are urged to contact their SBOE member and ask for support for quality science education before the July 17 SBOE meeting. At this meeting, the timeline for the revision of the Science TEKS will be established.  For information on how to contact your SBOE member for your district, go directly to TEA at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/sboe/members.html.

Chris Comer files lawsuit against Texas Education Agency

Posted in Education, Evolution with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2008 by airtightnoodle

Chris ComerLast year, Chris Comer, who had been director of the TEA for about 10 years, was fired after forwarding an email someone had sent her about a lecture being given by Barbara Forrest that was critical of teaching intelligent design.

Now she’s filing a lawsuit against TEA.  According to the Dallas Morning News:

Her lawsuit seeks a court order overturning the TEA’s neutrality policy on teaching of creationism and declaring that her dismissal was unconstitutional. The suit also seeks her reinstatement to her old job.

Maybe this is one of those cases such a neutral film like Crossroads Expelled should have included.  It’s all about fairness, and teaching both sides, after all.

It should be interesting to see what happens.

You can also read Comer’s lawsuit here.