Jun 22, 2011 7:39 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators have refused to consider a proposal to give local school districts more freedom to choose the textbooks they use, a measure that opponents say is a back-door attempt to introduce creationism in science classes.
The measure by Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann needs a two-thirds vote of the Senate to be debated in the final days of the session. Senators voted 19-10 Tuesday to consider the bill, short of the 26 votes needed.
The House-approved bill would remove a limitation that restricts the state funding districts can use to pay for books outside of a state-approved list. Hoffmann says school systems should have that flexibility, as long as they meet grade level expectations set by the state education board.