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Posted: Nov 16, 2010 5:59 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Nov 16, 2010 5:59 PM
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BATON ROUGE - New biology textbooks for public schools have sparked debate after a textbook committee voted 8-4 in favor of recommending the books to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Some believe the books should include the information about controversies surrounding ideas that are widely accepted in science, including Darwin's theory of evolution.

"It's presented in the textbooks as if it's resolved and that all scientists are confederate on one perspective as it relates to any number of those issues, and that's just simply not the case," said Gene Mills with Louisiana Family Forum.

It's a debate that comes up every seven years when publishers recommend new biology textbooks to the state.

"Some people say we should teach controversy, but in fact there is no controversy in the science arena," said Dr. Kevin Carman, Dean of LSU's Office of Science.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education vote on the new textbooks next month.

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