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Repealing the Louisiana Science Education Act (2011)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-05-06

Duration: 00:06:16

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2011 | Politics | Government | Education | Science | CREATIONISM


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Lincoln, Sue Reporter
  • Fontenot, Jodie Editor
  • Kopplin, Zack Speaker
  • Mills, Gene Interviewee
  • Peterson, Karen Carter Speaker
  • Benz, Ian Speaker


This segment from the May 6, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Sue Lincoln’s report on State Senator Karen Peterson’s bill to repeal the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act, which is under consideration at the 2011 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Lincoln reports that the law allows public school teachers to use supplemental materials to teach controversial scientific topics, including creationism and intelligent design. This report includes highlights from a rally at the State Capitol in favor of repealing the bill, including speeches by high school student Zack Kopplin, Senator Peterson, and Dr. Ian Benz of the Louisiana Coalition for Science. Lincoln also interviews Gene Mills, the president of the Louisiana Family Forum, who discusses his view of the Louisiana Science Education Act as a reasonable proposal, the lack of complaints about the law, and his belief that the repeal bill will not pass out of committee. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford