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Mo. House panel mulls evolution teaching bill

Mo. House panel mulls evolution teaching bill

February 21st, 2013 in News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Public schools would be required to teach the strengths and weaknesses of the scientific theory of evolution under a bill being considered by a Missouri House committee.

The House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a measure that would require state officials to develop guidelines for teaching evolution in public schools.

Supporters said the measure would empower teachers and help students develop critical thinking skills. A Democrat on the committee said he was concerned the bill would open "Pandora's box" and lead to having religion taught in public schools.

The measure is sponsored by Republican Rep. Andrew Koenig, of St. Louis. The committee did not vote on the proposal.

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The evolution bill is HB179

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Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov