Senators reject repeal of law on class materials
BATON ROUGE - An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.
Senators voted 3-1 Thursday against the proposal from Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, which called for the removal of the Louisiana Science Education Act.
Critics of the law say that by allowing supplemental materials, science teachers could have a loophole to teach the concept of creationism.
Supporters of the law say it promotes critical thinking. They say guidelines adopted by the state education board prohibit promoting religious doctrine in supplemental materials and require that information teachers present must be scientifically sound.
The LSEA was first introduced in 2008 by Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, who said he introduced it at the request of the conservative Louisiana Family Forum to allow teachers to introduce creationist materials.