BATON ROUGE, La. (RNS) The Louisiana House of Representatives has approved a science education bill that one prominent church-state group predicts could yield a lawsuit over teaching religion in public schools.
The bill would allow science teachers, after a request by a local school board and with the approval by state education officials, to use supplemental materials when teaching subjects such as evolution, global warming, cloning and the origin of life.
The House passed the bill in a 94-3 vote on Wednesday and sent it to the state Senate. The bill would then go to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has publicly expressed his support for teaching alternatives to evolution.
Supporters say the measure will encourage honest discussions about controversial topics, with teachers using the most up-to-date research that sometimes is not included in textbooks.