On April 18, 2012, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law the most expansive and sweeping voucher program in the nation’s history, the Student Scholarship for Educational Excellence Program (or the SSEEP). The SSEEP is, in effect, a creationist voucher program, diverting precious state and local resources from public schools and into the coffers of radical religious schools. During the last several months, state, national, and international media have exposed the program’s enormous flaws: among other things, it is providing millions in taxpayer dollars to at least twenty schools that teach Young Earth Creationism instead of evolution; it is funding several schools that appear to lack basic infrastructure; it is propping up a school that is led by a self-appointed “apostle and prophet.” It is funding schools that teach the Loch Ness Monster is real and disproves evolution.
And most disturbingly, Louisiana’s program is being hailed by many in the religious right as a “model” for the nation.
During the next few months, Texas and other states across the country will introduce their own programs soon, programs that will likely mirror Louisiana’s law.