Sarasota News Leader

03/07/2014

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Should taxpayer dollars be going to schools that teach creationism instead of evolution? That's the provocative question science education activist Zack Kopplin has asked in interviews with Bill Moyers, Bill Maher and others, and on a website that shows his research into state programs that fund cre- ationist schools. Appearing on that website: Bradenton's Family Life Community School. Kopplin is a Louisiana native who, in 2010, as a high school senior, began organizing an effort to repeal the Pelican State's Science Education Act, which allows public school science teachers to introduce critiques of evolution and climate change into the class- room. "Everyone who looked at this law knew it was just a back door to sneak creationism into public school science classes," Kopplin told Moyers last year. Kopplin's mission to reverse the Louisiana Science Education Act, although still ongo- ing, has broadened into a wide critique of channels by which public education funds are being directed toward schools that question the validity of evolution. Kopplin eventu- ally started a website, Say No to Creationist Domenichino's 1626 work, The Rebuke of Adam and Eve, hangs in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Image from Wikimedia Commons SHOULD TAXPAYER DOLLARS BE GOING TO SCHOOLS THAT DO NOT TEACH EVOLUTION? ONE ACTIVIST SAYS NO DEBATE CLASS By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor

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