Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter Peterson (D, New Orleans) recently filed a bill (SB 26) to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA). Bearing a misleading name, the LSEA has allowed the teaching of creationism in public schools since 2008. This bill marks Senator Peterson’s third attempt at repealing the LSEA; in 2012, Peterson’s bill was defeated in committee.
Supporters of the repeal, which include nearly 40 percent of living Nobel Laureate scientists and over 70,000 people from Louisiana and the rest of the country that signed a petition, are optimistic, however, as Louisiana’s public officials have become increasingly pro-science. Said Nobel laureate chemist Sir Harry Kroto, “The present situation should be likened to requiring Louisiana school texts to include the claim that the sun goes round the Earth.”
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