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Apr 16, 2014 1:54 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Committee to discuss repealing the Louisiana Science Education Act

Thursday, the Senate Education Committee will discuss repealing the Louisiana Science Education Act. The bill passed in 2008 and has since drawn criticism from opponents who believe the law tries to add religion to science education. Proponents say the law allows for critical thinking.

Senate Bill 175, authored by Senator Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, seeks to repeal the law, which has allowed science teachers to discuss scientific theories including evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.

The current law states the Louisiana Science Education Act "shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion."

However, critics of the Louisiana Science Education Act say the law allows teachers to interject religious beliefs, including the teaching of creationism, into their science lessons.

Should the proposed bill pass committes, the Senate, and the House, and receive the governor's signature, provisions of the law will be repealed.

The meeting will be at the Capitol in the Hainkel room.

 

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