BESE votes for new biology textbooks
BATON ROUGE - State school officials voted unanimously Thursday to go with new biology textbooks that have drawn controversy for not including criticisms of evolution.
The full Board of Elementary and Secondary Education took up the issue this morning after the textbooks were recommended by a sub-committee which voted 6 to 1 on Tuesday in favor of the textbooks.
Critics of the books say they did not do enough to present criticisms of evolution and contain inaccuracies; supporters say that the critics were trying to force religious issues into science classrooms.
BESE President Penny Dastugue says much of the debate involved philosophical differences between groups who are always opposed to each other.
She says there was little fight over the actual content of the textbooks.
She also predicts many local school districts will decide to keep using older textbooks because of budget concerns. The new textbooks will be available next fall.