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A Louisiana law that allows public school science teachers to use supplemental materials in their classrooms in addition to state-approved textbooks will stay on the books.
The Senate Education Committee voted 5-1 last week against the repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act — turning away arguments that it creates a way for teachers to challenge evolution and teach creationism in classrooms. Senators sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Christian conservative group Louisiana Family Forum argued the law was designed to promote critical thinking.
Stafford Palmieri, with the governor’s office said, “This bill is seeking to remove protections for teachers that give them the ability to teach the full breadth of scientific teaching.”