Friendly Atheist has found that a South Dakota bill, House of Concurrent Resolution 1002, asks "local school boards to establish a code of ethics and professional responsibility."
The bill intends to stop teachers from speaking politically in school. The bill says teachers can’t “endorse, support, or oppose: candidates for public office or pieces of legislation while in school.
Yet, there is one unsettling caveat. The bill says, “[Teachers cannot] Advocate for any issue that is part of a political party platform at the national, state, or local level.”
The Democratic Party platform includes a prominent section on climate change. Will teachers be able to discuss this issue under the new bill?
The National Center for Science Education says that this resolution “would provide a route to pressure teachers to use antievolution and/or climate change denial material in their classrooms.”
All 15 sponsors of the bill are Republican.