The reports keep pouring in from our operatives in Louisiana that a significant victory was achieved yesterday at a meeting of the Orleans Parish School Board — one of several entities operating within the New Orleans public school system.
According to one of our most reliable sources, the Orleans Parish School Board voted yesterday to ban creationism from their schools. That’s big, but we don’t like to report things unless the news has appeared at the website of some recognized newspaper or TV station, so we’ve been holding off on this one.
Aha — the news is out! In the New Orleans Times-Picayune we read Orleans Parish School Board requires charters to join unified enrollment system. Goofy headline. The story begins:
The current Orleans Parish School Board closed out its term Tuesday with a decision that puts every public school in the city into the OneApp unified enrollment system — but possibly not until 2021.
Yuk! If that’s what they lead off with, you can imagine what a boring meeting it must have been. Hold on a minute while we scan for the creationism stuff …
Yes — here it is, with bold font added by us:
In addition Tuesday, the board approved construction contracts for a new North Kenilworth elementary school in eastern New Orleans and a new McDonogh 35 high school, and OK’d policies that prohibit the teaching of creationism or so-called “intelligent design” in its half-dozen direct-run schools, or the purchasing of textbooks that promulgate those perspectives.
Yowie — that’s hot news! The Times-Picayune really buried it in the story, but there it is. Unfortunately that’s all they have to say about it at the moment, but there will undoubtedly be more in later stories.
We have almost no knowledge of the New Orleans educational bureaucracy, but we understand that the Orleans Parish School Board doesn’t operate many of the public schools in New Orleans, so we don’t yet know the full meaning of what happened yesterday. But the news is certain to drive the creationists crazy — or rather, crazier.
We’ll keep you informed as news comes in. Stay tuned to this blog.
Addendum: Our friends at the National Center for Science Education have posted an article about this: A Louisiana board bans creationism. They say: “the only speaker on the textbook policy at the meeting was Zack Kopplin” Good old Zack!
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