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Packed House for Springboro School Board Meeting Where Creationism is Being Discussed
SPRINGBORO -- Some parents are outraged, as the Springboro Board of Education begins talks on several controversial issues.
Some parents are upset about two issues, one is at creationism possibly being taught in the classroom, and the chance of partisan organizations being used to teach kids about the Constitution.
"It's a religious thought, it doesn't need to be in a public school," said Colleen Bowman, a concerned Springboro parent.
Colleen and her husband sat in on the board's meeting Thursday night, and can't believe what they are hearing.
"The Springboro school board seems intent on teaching our kids what to think as opposed to how to think critically," said David Bowman, a concerned Springboro parent.
"We don't want to be indoctrinating students to any particular point of view, we want to make sure all things are taught in a fair and balanced way," said Jim Rigano, a Springboro school board member.
Rigano is one of several board members who supports the controversial issues policy, which includes the discussion on evolution and creationism.
"We want them to be able to think through them and ultimately be able to make a good argument," said Rigano.
Another hot topic for some parents is the use of some controversial organizations teaching kids about the Constitution.
"They are intent on including resources in our school that are openly political and partisan and I don't think that has a place in public education," said David Bowman.
We asked Rigano if the board had a political agenda, as some parents had suggested.
"It's unfortunate that people are attributing motives when there are none," said Rigano.
As far as the suggested list of organizations for teaching the Constitution, the board says they've expanded that list to involve all points of view.
Thursday night was just a first reading on the policies. The board will have a second reading in two weeks, and then take a vote.
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