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Educational Swamp: In Louisiana, Scientific Literacy Remains A Flashpoint

Creationism continues to make headlines in Louisiana, where a science teacher is under investigation for an unfortunate letter to the editor. Charlotte Hinson, who teaches in a Caddo Parish public school, wrote to the Shreveport Times after that  newspaper published articles favorable to evolution.

Hinson slammed the articles for treating creationism as an unproven theory, and evolution as fact. “That is strictly opinion,” she wrote.
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Voucher Swamp: Audits Of Louisiana’s ‘School Choice’ Program Find Oversight Lacking, Desegregation Efforts Stalled

It seems that every objective report on Louisiana’s ever-expanding school voucher program exposes serious problems, and the latest audits are no exception.

A federal report released before Christmas by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said Louisiana’s voucher program has increased segregation in at least 15 public schools. According to the report, those schools would have been more racially integrated had some students not left because they received vouchers. Read more

Duck Doofus: Reality TV Star’s Anti-Gay, Racist Ramblings Draw Support From Politicians Courting Religious Right

Quite a brouhaha erupted this week over homophobic comments made by Phil Robertson, head of the family that stars on A&E’s hit reality show “Duck Dynasty.” Now several politicians looking to court Religious Right voters are diving into the fray – in support of Robertson’s “religious liberty.” Read more

Bayou Battle: Zack Kopplin Fights To Access Public Records On Louisiana’s ‘Science Act,’ Voucher Program

Louisiana’s voucher program is in some real trouble thanks to a federal lawsuit alleging that the scheme hinders federally mandated desegregation in many school districts, but before answering to the U.S. Department of Justice, the state will have to deal with a 20-year-old who advocates for sound science education.     Read more

School Voucher Nightmare: Louisiana ‘Choice’ Scheme Is Rife With Shoddy Bookkeeping

Readers of this blog know Americans United has long been opposed to school vouchers. If for some reason you’re still not convinced of the negatives that accompany so-called “educational choice” ventures, consider the myriad problems that have recently come to light within Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher scheme. Read more

Vouchers Vanquished!: La. High Court Strikes Down Jindal Scheme To Fund Religious Schools

Americans United has been critical of Louisiana lately, chiding legislators for promoting creationism and official school prayer, so when something good happens in the Pelican State, we should point it out. Read more

Bobby’s Bad-News Buds: Louisiana Gov. Jindal Is ‘One Of The Family’ At Religious Right HQ

Bobby Jindal knows better. The Louisiana governor majored in biology and public policy at Brown University, and he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. So why is he defending the teaching of religious concepts in public school science classes?

Last Friday, in an interview with NBC’s Hoda Kotb, Jindal said he is perfectly fine with sneaking a little fundamentalist theology into the regular biology curriculum.   Read more

The Year That Was: Major Church-State Developments From 2012

The end of the year is a time for lists. You’re probably seeing a lot of them – “25 Best Books of 2012,” “10 Overlooked Movies,” “What’s Hot and What’s Not” or whatever.

Along those lines, here’s a list of the Top Ten Church-State Stories from 2012 (listed in no particular order): Read more

Curriculum Cleanup: Louisiana Parish Bars Creationism From Public Schools

Louisiana officials have often been far from favorable when it comes to church-state separation, so today we are particularly happy to salute school officials in Orleans Parish for doing the right thing.

This week, the Orleans Parish School Board voted to reject any science textbook “which presents creationism or intelligent design as science or scientific theories.” Read more

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