Louisiana state Senator Karen Carter Peterson (D-New Orleans) has introduced legislation that would repeal an anti-evolution education law. SB 374 would repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, which was signed into law in 2008. Most science education experts consider this law to be a mechanism for advocates of creationism to introduce the concept into the science curriculum.

The repeal effort has the support of several science education associations and scientific societies, including the American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Society of Naturalists, Society for the Study of Evolution, and Society of Systematic Biologists. Additionally, 75 Nobel laureates have written to the Louisiana state legislature in support of overturning the law. In 2011, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously in favor of repealing the education act.

“This year the Governor has asked the Louisiana legislature to focus on education,” said Senator Peterson. “If this Legislative session is truly about improving Louisiana’s education system, then the first place to start is to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.”

 


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