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Teacher letter raises creationism question

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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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