Stop Governor Jindal’s Creationist Voucher Program
By ZACK KOPPLIN - REPEALING THE LOUISIANA SCIENCE EDUCATION ACT
Added: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:11:25 UTC
Stop Governor Jindal’s Creationist Voucher Program Before Governor Romney Takes it Nationwide
Update: Superintendent White removed Eternity Christian Academy from this list, but the other 19 remain.
Louisiana is preparing to spend over $11 million to send 1,365 students to 20 private schools that teach creationism instead of science as part of Governor Bobby Jindal’s new voucher program. It is time to halt the implementation of this creationist voucher program.
It is increasingly clear that one of Governor Jindal’s primary education goals is the teaching of creationism. He supported, signed, and defended the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), Louisiana’s 2008 stealth creationism law, which allows teachers to sneak creationism into public school science classrooms by using creationist supplemental materials. Despite hearing from 78 Nobel laureate scientists who urged him to repeal the law because teaching creationism is both bad science and unconstitutional, Jindal instead defended the law.
Now Governor Jindal has passed a voucher plan which provides millions of taxpayer dollars to private schools that teach creationism and whose curriculum doesn’t meet the state’s approved science standards.
My review of the Governor’s voucher program identifies at least 20 schools who use a creationist curriculum or blatantly promote creationism on their websites. These 20 schools have been awarded 1,365 voucher slots and can receive as much as $11,602,500 in taxpayer money annually.
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David Catchpoole - Creation... Comments
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Adam Rutherford - New Humanist Comments
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