LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., March 23 (UPI) -- A suburban Chicago school district has decided against dismissing a science teacher for instructing students in creationism, calling his behavior "remediable."
The decision by the Community Public High School District 128 board was announced after an emotional public meeting Tuesday night at Vernon Hills High School, the Chicago Tribune reported. Beau Schaefer, the teacher, did not attend the meeting.
Parents weighed in on both sides. School officials took the position that legally the issue is settled, with Libertyville Superintendent Prentiss Lea reading a statement that U.S. Supreme Court decisions have decided creationism cannot be taught as science.
"Regardless of our professional or personal opinions, in this area, there is no gray area," Lea said. "The teacher in question is a longstanding D128 instructor. We will not be recommending his termination as this is remediable behavior."
Kurt Close, a 2008 graduate of Libertyville High, told the Chicago Sun-Times he thinks teaching creationism is a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. But Greg Krause of Grayslake, who has a daughter in the district, told the Tribune evolution is "more or less the dominant religion in education these days."