Senate refuses to repeal Science Education Act
Senators have refused to get rid of a Louisiana law that allows public school science teachers to use supplemental materials in their classrooms in addition to state-approved textbooks. Those pushing for the repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act say it creates a way for teachers to challenge evolution and teach creationism in classrooms. More than 70 Nobel Prize-winning scientists urged the repeal of the law, which was passed in 2008. But the repeal was opposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and Christian conservatives who argued the law was designed to promote critical thinking. The Senate Education Committee voted 2-1 today against the repeal sought by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans. Several members of the committee weren't present when the vote was taken.
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