On 18 December 2012, the Orleans Parish School Board voted to ban the teaching of intelligent design in science classes and the purchasing of textbooks that promote creationism. The policy will only apply in the six schools run by the city’s local school board; other schools in New Orleans are run independently or by the state.
The policy does not appear to be prompted by any particular threat to the teaching of evolution. The vote was taken at the behest of Thomas Robichaux, the outgoing president of the board.
This is the second action taken in New Orleans in opposition to creationism. In 2011, the city council approved a resolution that endorsed the repeal of the state’s Louisiana Science Education Act, which most science education experts consider to be a misguided effort to allow the teaching of creationism in public schools.
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