Texas Charter School System’s Use Of Creationist Textbooks Violates The Constitution, Americans United Says
Church-State Watchdog Asks Texas Education Agency To Prohibit Responsive Education Solutions’ Use of Anti-Science Materials Or Revoke Its Charter
January 30, 2014
The biology curriculum used by a system of taxpayer-supported charter schools in Texas promotes creationism in violation of the U.S. Constitution, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
In a letter today to the Texas Education Agency’s Division of Charter School Administration, Americans United warned officials that Responsive Education Solutions must not be permitted to continue to aggressively undermine the theory of evolution while receiving public funds. Americans United told the agency to either prohibit the use of this curriculum or revoke Responsive Education Solutions’ charter.
“The U.S. Supreme Court said more than 25 years ago that creationism is a religious dogma that cannot be promoted by public schools,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “It amazes me that we are still fighting this battle in 2014, yet here we are.”
Americans United attorneys explained that Responsive Education Solutions’ science curriculum repeatedly attacks evolution. For example, the curriculum teaches students that evolution is “an unproved theory” which “has reached the level of dogma,” and that there are “holes” in the theory. The curriculum also presents as fact common false assertions creationists employ in trying to discredit evolution.