Comer was put on 30 days of paid administrative leave shortly after she forwarded an e-mail in October 2007 announcing a presentation that was being given by Barbara Forrest, author of “Creationism’s Trojan Horse,” which says creationist politics are behind a movement to include intelligent design theory in public school curricula. Comer sent the e-mail to several science educators and two science education e-mail lists, with the note “FYI.”
In this story I found via an @educationweek tweet, an employee of the Texas Education Agency has her lawsuit dismissed for reinstatement after violating the TEA’s “neutrality” policy. First of all, intelligent design, creationism, and even saying there are doubts about “evolution,” may or may not be true or Truth, but it’s not biology or science and has no place in a curriculum labeled as biology. Science is not about Truth, but about theories that have survived so far for explaining things.
If all Ms. Comer were saying is something like creationism is not science, then I think she would be fine. There is no question of neutrality in this case — it’s just a fact about a curriculum matter or close enought to a fact. Where she crossed the line was in linking to an event that impugned the motives for the creationism people (however justified). Because this involved actual advocacy, we can say that neutrality was violated in this case.