POSTED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 2:07pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE:
SB 70 was introduced to the Senate Education Committee today by Senator Karen Peterson (D), New Orleans. The bill would repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act. After hours of debate, the bill was brought to a vote. Five Senators voted against the bill; Senator Yvonne Dorsey (D), Baton Rouge was the only legislator to vote in favor of the bill. Senator Eric LaFluer (D), Ville Platte did not vote. In a last minute motion, the bill was deferred. 17 year old Zack Kopplin inspired the bill and considers today’s result a victory.
ORIGINAL STORY: Zach Kopplin just graduated from high school last week, and he's not waiting until he graduates college to make his mark. Kopplin is challenging the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allows creationism to be taught in Louisiana schools.
Kopplin says the law is a huge step back for the state and sends the wrong message about the quality of our education system. And he is not alone. So far, Kopplin has gathered 65,000 signatures on a petition to change the law. And he's got support from lawmakers too. Senator Karen Peterson will introduce SB 70 on Thursday, to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.
Kopplin will testify at the Capitol Thursday in favor of Peterson's bill. He is using social media sites and his own website to get more students involved too. Thursday he plans to pack the committe room where the bill is being read with at least 100 students and recent graduates, all wanting to end the way the world's beginning is taught in louisiana schools.