Oklahoma AAUP Resolution on SB 1959, HCR 1043.
We, the Executive Committee of the Oklahoma Conference of the American Association of University Professors, oppose passage of SB 1959 and HCR 1043. The effect of this legislation will be to encourage and protect the introduction of unverifiable pseudoscientific and philosophical ideas and concepts into Oklahoma science classrooms, which will weaken Oklahoma's science curricula, do immeasurable harm to the reputations of graduates of Oklahoma public schools and higher education institutions, and inhibit Oklahoma's attempts to encourage a growing biotech industry. Furthermore, 9 major federal court cases have determined that such actions violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, and thus, this legislation will unnecessarily expose teachers and school districts to costly litigation.
John A. Milbauer, NSU
Larry Roets, Clayton College
Billie Tower, Bacone
Amy Carrell, UCO, State AAUP President
Jill Jones, SWOSU
K. S. Bull, OSU
Thomas Guild, UCO
Sigfried Heit, UCO