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Corporate education reform is giving creationism a boost into taxpayer-funded classrooms in around a dozen states. While some states, like Louisiana and Tennessee, allow creationism to be taught as science in traditional public schools, charter schools and private schools funded by vouchers or tax credits are spreading the anti-science in other states.

Slate's Chris Kirk rounds it up: In Arizona; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Indiana; Ohio; Oklahoma; Utah; Washington, DC; and Wisconsin, private schools for which students receive vouchers or tax credits teach creationism. We're not just talking about a handful of schools here and there, either. The number is at least 300 schools. Additionally, a large charter chain with schools in Texas and Arkansas teaches:

... a creationist curriculum that seriously misrepresents the science of evolution. These materials wrongly portray the fossil record and the age of Earth as scientifically controversial, assert that there is a lack of “transitional fossils,” and claim evolution is untestable.
That's government education money funding schools that make kids more ignorant. In some states, anti-science is state education law. But in others, charters and vouchers are providing a back door for these teachings, pulling funding away from traditional public schools. And creationism isn't the only troubling thing going on in some of these schools—in Georgia, schools that expel kids for being gay or just not hating gay people enough receive tax credit scholarship money.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 09:24 AM PST.

Also republished by SciTech, Street Prophets , Progressive Atheists, and Daily Kos.

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