Louisiana is the only state in the nation to enact a law that will likely change the way science is taught in public schools, The Advocate reported today. Opponents have repeatedly charged that the law is designed to inject religious views — Christian creationism and intelligent design — into long-settled science issues.
“It has definitely been a topic in states,” said Heather Chikoore, education policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. Lawmakers in four other states, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and Missouri, debated similar bills this year, but they all failed to pass. A proposal in Michigan has thus far failed to gain support. The measure here, however, won final Senate approval 36-0 and cleared the House 94-3. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law.
Backers claim the new rules will spark wide-open classroom debates, including arguments on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.