BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Senate panel has refused to repeal a Louisiana law that allows public school science teachers to use supplemental materials in their classrooms beyond state-approved textbooks.
More than 40 Nobel Prize-winning scientists urged the repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act, saying it creates a way for teachers to challenge evolution and teach creationism in classrooms.
Supporters say the law was designed to promote critical thinking, strengthen education and help teachers who are confused about what's acceptable for science classes.
The Senate Education Committee voted against the repeal bill by New Orleans Sen. Karen Carter Peterson on Thursday, which is expected to kill the measure for the session.
Gov. Bobby Jindal opposed Peterson's bill.
Senate Bill 70 can be found online here.