April 3rd, 2012 Bob
From the NCSE Website, April 3, 2012
The attack on the teaching of evolution and of climate change in Oklahoma continues, despite the failure of House Bill 1551 and Senate Bill 1742. As introduced, House Bill 2341 would, if enacted, have extended by two years a deadline by which local school districts are required to meet certain standards for media, equipment, and textbooks. The bill passed the House on a 81-8 vote on March 7, 2012, and proceeded to the Senate Education Committee, where it passed on March 26, 2012.
But on March 28, 2012, Steve Russell (R-District 45) proposed to amend HB 2341 with the addition of a new section containing the language of HB 1551, encouraging teachers to present the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “controversial” topics such as “biological evolution” and “global warming.” The proposal will be considered when the bill comes to a floor vote in the Senate; it is currently on the Senate calendar, but not on the Senate agenda, for April 3, 2012.
Oklahoma Senate members directory
April 3rd, 2012 Bob
On Saturday, April 21, 2012 approximately 250 to 300 of Oklahoma’s finest high school students will converge on the UCO campus in Edmond to spend an entire day studying chemistry. The AP Chemistry Review Session has been an annual event for the past 14 years. The review session originated on the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Campus, moved to Edmond North high school for two years, and this year UCO will host the event for a fifth year.
Students begin the day with an overview of the AP Chemistry exam where test-taking strategies will be discussed followed by the opportunity to attend four different 60 minute sessions on specific topics such as equilibrium, periodicity, bonding, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, laboratory and equation writing.
Presenters for the sessions include: TJ Dortch of Edmond Memorial High School, Cheri Blackwood of Edmond Santa Fe High School (a College Board Consultant), Lisa McGaw, Laying the Foundation, Inc. (AP Question leader and former College Board Consultant), Dr. Stephen Prilliman, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Oklahoma City University (College Board Consultant and AP Reader), and Brad Cast of Booker T. Washington, Tulsa (former College Board Consultant).
The AP review session is supported by the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS has provided funding for a pizza lunch. The review session is open to all area AP Chemistry students, is free of charge, and registration begins at 8am in the Center for Transformative Learning. The last session will end at 2:30 pm. Sign up deadline is 5:00 pm Thursday, April 18. Please e-mail or have your teacher e-mail a total number attending so that appropriate materials are available.
For more information please contact Lisa McGaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.