`Academic Freedom' Issue On BESE Panel Agenda

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The topic of academic freedom and what teachers can teach about scientific topics is on the agenda for a committee of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The issue, which could come up on Tuesday or Wednesday before the board's "school standards and instruction" committee, will likely spark debates similar to those heard recently in the Legislature.

A much-amended bill that passed the Legislature on Monday says teachers in public school science classes must stick to state-approved science textbooks. But it also lets them add supplemental materials that some fear will lead to religious-based anti-evolution lessons. Backers of the bill say it simply promotes critical thinking.

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