For a third year in a row, a state lawmaker is trying to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act. Democratic Senator Karen Carter Peterson has filed Senate Bill 26 that would get rid of a state law that allows public school science teachers to use supplemental materials in their classrooms in addition to state-approved textbooks.
Opponents say it creates a way for teachers to challenge evolution and teach creationism in classrooms. Supporters argue the law was designed to promote critical thinking. The same legislation was filed in 2011 and 2012, but both times the bills were defeated in committee.
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