South Dakota Senator Jeff Monroe wants school teachers to be free to teach intelligent design in their classrooms even though federal courts have ruled it unconstitutional in school.
The bill is just one-sentence long and reads:
No school board or school administrator may prohibit a teacher in public or nonpublic school from providing instruction on intelligent design or other related topics.
Monroe says the bill does not have a religious agenda and doesn't force districts to teach intelligent design. It simply protects teachers if a student has questions about creationism.
But the bill's language has National Center for Science Education Deputy Director Glenn Branch, concerned. Branch says allowing teachers the opportunity to talk about it without punishment could lead to lawsuits and ultimately, hefty bills for tax payers.