NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Caddo Parish School Board to investigate whether any of its teachers are illegally teaching religion-based scientific creationism.
An editorial page letter in The Times of Shreveport prompted the open letter released Monday from the ACLU to the Caddo board.
The editorial letter was from a woman who identified herself as a fifth-grade teacher. She said she presents both evolution and creationism, and, when asked, tells her students her beliefs.
ACLU Louisiana director Marjorie Esman responded with a letter saying the woman appears to be illegally promoting her personal religious beliefs in a public classroom.
School officials did not return a Monday morning call seeking confirmation that the author of the newspaper letter was a Caddo public school teacher.
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