Senators reject repeal of Science Education Act

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A Louisiana law that allows public school science teachers to use supplemental materials in their classrooms will remain on the books.

The Senate Education Committee voted 3-2 Wednesday against repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act, in what has become an annual debate.

More than 70 Nobel Prize-winning scientists have urged the scrapping of the law passed in 2008, with repeal supporters say it's a back-door way to teach creationism.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Christian conservatives oppose the repeal, saying the law promotes critical thinking and strengthens education.

Lawmakers opposing repeal say they've heard no specific instances where the law has introduced religion into science classrooms. Senators supporting repeal say the law has created a national perception of Louisiana as anti-science.

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