Zack Kopplin, our favorite pro-science activist and an admirable Mr. Quixote in his quest to dispossess Louisiana of its Luddite academic proclivities — mm-hmm — will appear before the state Board of Education today in what is likely another futile attempt to make right what Superintendent John White and the DOE done wrong — end public funding of creationism as "science."

Kopplin, who has waged a two-year and so-far unsuccessful battle to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act — a deceptively named 2008 law that allows science teachers in public schools to supplement their curricula with Intelligent Design, a 21st-century version of creationism — will urge DOE officials to remove 20 schools that are receiving publicly funded vouchers and who also reject Darwinian evolutionary theory and unabashedly teach medieval creationism.

Now a sophomore at Rice University in Houston and a graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Kopplin is appearing before the DOE at the request of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. His appearance is scheduled for 2 p.m. and can viewed on live streaming video here.

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