Skeptic News: Creationist schools funded by back door

20120716-185222.jpgLouisiana is preparing to spend over $11 million to send 1,306 students to 19 private schools that teach creationism instead of science as part of Governor Bobby Jindal’s new voucher program.

Governor Jindal signed into law the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA) despite opposition from, among others, 78 Nobel prize winning scientists. The act allows teachers to use supplemental educational materials from creationists to teach children science.

Now Governor Jindal has passed a voucher plan which provides millions of taxpayer dollars to private schools that teach creationism and whose curriculum doesn’t meet the state’s approved science standards.

A review of the Governor’s voucher program identifies at least 19 schools who use a creationist curriculum or who promote creationism on their websites. These 19 schools have been awarded 1,306 voucher slots and can receive as much as $11,101,000 in taxpayer money annually.

Readers in the US can sign a petition opposing the scheme here.

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