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  •  Nah -- looks like they gimmicked it. (6+ / 0-)
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    vacantlook, Arken, saildude, JDog42, TheCid, ardyess

    They just created "domains" in which local school boards can "supplement" state requirements. Nothing creationist there -- you can add material about evolution! Or teach the Spaghetti Monster!

    So it would be the school districts that will pass unconstitutional regulations, requiring teachers to teach Genesis. And then they'll get sued and lose.

    But that's much more expensive than suing the whole state -- you'll have to go school board by school board.

    Very clever -- there's no question about that, since the local communities are very likely to be willing to bear the cost to protect God from librul gay atheists (their God is a bit of a wimp).

    Jindal and his cronies are evil masterminds.

    •  I think that's better for our side (2+ / 0-)
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      sullivanst, ardyess

      The state is all lawyered up, and has infinte money for legal defenses.  Parish school boards don't.  As for the gimmickry, it didn't do Dover any good and the judge in that case was clear that the district would have lost even without the documentation that board members did it to advance religion.

      -5.38/-3.74 We're currently in a sig interregnum. A siggie vacante, as it were.

      by Rich in PA on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 09:41:26 AM PST

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      •  What State are you talking about (2+ / 0-)
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        The state is all lawyered up, and has infinte money for legal defenses.  

        Louisiana?  The state facing over a billion dollar shortfall?  How is that "infinite money"?  

        •  Because the school districts (3+ / 0-)
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          CParis, Rich in PA, ardyess

          are so much better off than the state?

          The state, relative to the school districts is rolling in lawyers wearing money suits capped off with money hats.

          I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. - Bertrand Russell
          -5.38, -6.41

          by sullivanst on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 10:16:12 AM PST

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          •  There's no money in Louisiana right now (2+ / 0-)
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            because of the drop in oil prices.  For every dollar drop in prices, it costs the state approximately $1 million in revenue.  The local school districts are apparently not much better, especially those that depend on oil and gas revenue as part of their income.  

            •  In the absence of any money (1+ / 0-)
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              ardyess

              for anyone, creditworthiness becomes the differentiator, and overall budget.

              The state has near-zero creditworthiness, but a large budget with alternative programs that can be cut to free up funds for other priorities

              School districts don't have other programs they can cut, and their creditworthiness is subzero.

              Individual SD's are less able to fund legal battles than the state would be, and once you win one case the smarter ones would cave and the stupider ones would lose much quicker and cheaper.

              I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. - Bertrand Russell
              -5.38, -6.41

              by sullivanst on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 10:39:52 AM PST

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