Constitutional Law Keyed to Feldman
Edwards v. Aguillard
The Act forbids the teaching of evolution in public schools unless accompanied by instruction in “creation science.” No school is required to teach evolution or creation science. If either is taught however, the other must be taught. The Appellees, Aguillard and other parents of children attending Louisiana public schools, Louisiana teachers, and religious leaders (Appellees) challenged the constitutionality of the Act. The District Court held that the Act violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution either because it prohibited the teaching of evolution or because it required the teaching of creation science with the purpose of advancing a particular religious doctrine. The Court of Appeals affirmed.
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