May 26, 2011 5:54 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP

Bill would repeal La.'s 'Science Education Act'

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Senate panel is considering a proposal to repeal a Louisiana law that allows public school science teachers to use supplemental materials in their classrooms beyond state-approved textbooks.
More than 40 Nobel Prize-winning scientists are urging the repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act, saying it creates a way for teachers to challenge evolution and teach creationism in classrooms.
Supporters say the law was designed to promote critical
thinking, strengthen education and help teachers who are confused
about what's acceptable for science classes.
The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to debate the repeal
bill by New Orleans Sen. Karen Carter Peterson on Thursday.
Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes Peterson's bill.


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