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Jason Spaceman

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 30 2006,20:57   

Darwin as theory now parish policy

Officials say vote gives freedom to teachers
By Barbara Leader

A policy regarding the teaching of Darwin's Theory of Evolution in Ouachita Parish classrooms that the School Board passed Wednesday does not need state Department of Education approval.

"Local policies do not need state approval," said DOE's Meg Casper.

In a board room full of interested residents, the Ouachita Parish School Board approved what has been called a "landmark" proposal allowing teachers "academic freedom" when teaching topics that might generate controversy, including evolution.

Retired Judge Darrell White of the Louisiana Family Forum called the board's move "courageous."

Assistant Superintendent Frank Hoffmann presented a document to the board that states: "The district understands that the teaching of some scientific subjects such as biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming and human cloning, can cause controversy and that some teachers may be unsure of the district's expectations concerning how they should present information on such subjects."

Read it here.

The policy adopted by the board can be read here.

Jason Spaceman

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 01 2006,18:36   

N.La. board policy "next wave of attack by anti-evolution forces":

12/1/2006, 3:42 p.m. CT
The Associated Press

MONROE, LA. (AP) The new science policy for public schools in one north Louisiana parish is "an underhanded way to undercut the theory of evolution" now that courts have barred both creationism and intelligent design from school courses, says the head of a national group.

"This is, I think, the next wave of attack by anti-evolution forces to get their materials into public schools," Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said Friday.

The policy adopted Wednesday night for Ouachita Parish was enthusiastically backed by officials with the Louisiana Family Forum, which gives its mission as "to persuasively present biblical principles in the centers of influence on issues affecting the family through research, communication and networking."

"Rev Dr" Lenny Flank

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 01 2006,19:26   

Quote (Jason Spaceman @ Dec. 01 2006,18:36)
MONROE, LA. (AP) The new science policy for public schools

It's not "new".  It's the same old crap that the IDiots tried to pull in Ohio, and got crushed.

And it won't last ten minutes in court.

If THIS is the best ID has left to offer, then we've nothing to worry about from them.  (shrug)

Editor, Red and Black Publishers

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