Remember Zack Kopplin, the high school student who was raising cain against Louisiana’s legislation that allows teachers academic freedom in teaching evolution as long as they don’t promote religion or creationism? The Darwinist darling is now at Rice U and has now filed a public records lawsuit against Superintendent of Education John White:
Zack Kopplin, who attends Rice University, says White and the Department of Education have refused to provide documents he’s sought about the state’s voucher program and a law that allows public school science teachers to use supplemental materials in their classrooms.
Kopplin has criticized both the voucher program and the Louisiana Science Education Act as fostering the teaching of creationism to Louisiana students. – WBRZ.com
Most likely, he isn’t acting alone. It’s a clever move on the part of Darwin’s followers, because school systems threatened by charters and vouchers with the need to raise their standards may pile on, hoping to increase the costs and reduce the standards of independent schools down to their level. A lot of tax funds and union jobs are likely at stake.
In general, Louisiana’s science grades are actually fairly good just now. But the grades could be brought down by pressure groups forcing government to waste education funds on litigation over policies that most see as a reasonable compromise.
Has anyone come forward publicly with evidence that religion or creationism is being taught in Louisiana schools? We’d like to hear about it.
Hat tip: Greg Laden at ScienceBlogs