Friday, April 22, 2005


Florida "Academic Freedom" Bill on Life Support

A so-called "Academic Freedom" bill sponsored by Florida State Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, is in trouble.

With little more than two weeks to go in this legislative session, Baxley's bill still has not cleared the House. A companion bill in the Senate hasn't been heard yet by the education committee.

Senate sponsor Steven Wise, R-Jacksonville, said the idea has been in "La-La Land over here."

Baxley's House bill "might be on life support," he says.

While Baxley says his bill would require a fair forum for all political ideas at state universities, critics accuse him of covertly trying to force teaching of creationism in science courses that feature evolution.


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