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A group formed to stop creationism from being taught in public school science classes spoke out in Tallahassee today.
The Florida Citizens for Science criticized the Evolution Academic Freedom Act bills pending in both houses in the state legislature.
The bill is being sponsored in the Senate by Eastern Hillsborough Republican Ronda Storms, and in the House by Lake County Republican D. Alan Hays.
In a bid to reduce criticism that the bill paves the way for creationism to be taught in public schools, on Friday Hays altered the language of his bill – which now simply calls for teachers to have room to critically analyze the theory of evolution without fear of reprisal.
Clay County High School biology teacher Dave Campbell was on the committee selected by the state Department of Education that came up with the new Science teaching standards earlier this year.
WMNF spoke with him this morning.