Zack Kopplin’s Testimony Live, Today

You know about Zachary Kopplin’s Campaign to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law. This is Zack’s website devoted to the repeal effort.

At the request of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, the Louisiana State Board of Education will allow public comment on Louisiana’s tuition voucher program. Zack is going to appear before the Board to urge reforms to Louisiana’s creationist school voucher program.

Zack is going to urge the removal of 20 schools he identified that are teaching creationism in the program. We posted about that a few months ago — see Stop Governor Jindal’s Creationist Voucher Program.

Zack’s testimony will be today, Thursday, October 25, 2012 AT 2:00 PM (Central Time, one hour later than on the East Coast), at the Louisiana Department of Education, Claiborne Building, Louisiana Purchase Room. You can watch the meeting online, here at this link.

Alas, things being what they are in Louisiana, we fear that Zack’s work will be unavailing. Nevertheless we wish him well. As we always do when advising witnesses who attend such things, we repeat the Curmudgeon’s Dictum which is universally applicable when debating creationists: Don’t bring a slide rule to a knife fight!

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9 responses to “Zack Kopplin’s Testimony Live, Today

  1. Will the Dishonesty Institute be sending reps?

  2. DavidK asks: “Will the Dishonesty Institute be sending reps?”

    They have plenty of locals. Louisiana is almost all creationist.

  3. It was disappointing to only hear one person speak out directly against the voucher program. Which as was said, appears to be the heart of the immediate problem.

  4. Poor Zach — an island of sanity amid an ocean of loons.

  5. Does anyone know how it went? Did anyone’s mind get changed and is Louisiana still marching back to the Middle-Ages? 🙂
    Jim

  6. Jim asks: “Does anyone know how it went?”

    I haven’t heard anything, and there’s nothing about it at Zack’s blog. Maybe he’ll drop in to give us an update.

  7. The meeting was a presentation of arguments and opinions from both sides. The decision will be announced at some future date. I think the BESE meeting video was archived and can be found through the link Curmy provided.

  8. Nothing really happened. Testimony was limited to two minutes, which really limited what anyone was able to say, but I said my bit, and informed them of a provision of the Louisiana Constitution that they were violating.

    http://senate.legis.state.la.us/documents/constitution/Article8.htm#§4. Approval of Private Schools

    Here’s some of the news coverage of the hearing:

    http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20121026/NEWS01/210260327/Possible-loopholes-voucher-school-regulations-stir-debate?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&gcheck=1&nclick_check=1