Recent news articles highlight political attempts to derail new science standards because of science content, such as climate change. In March, Wyoming’s legislature passed a bill preventing the Department of Education from spending money to review or adopt the NGSS despite a unanimous recommendation of the state’s standards revision committee (made up of Wyoming educators) to adopt the standards. NSTA sent the Department of Education a letter encouraging them to adopt the standards.

  • Click here to read The New York Times article: “Science Standards Divide a State Built on Coal and Oil” (May 18, 2014)
  • Click here to read an article in the Sheridan Press: “Board of Ed. continues review of Next Generation Science Standards” (April 30, 2014)
  • Click here to read NSTA’s letter to the Wyoming State Board of Education.

Last week in Ohio, a key piece of legislation (HB 487) which would prohibit the state from adopting science and social studies standards not developed in Ohio was approved by a Senate committee. NSTA is encouraging Ohio supporters of science to speak up and reject this language.

  • Click here to read an article on Cleveland.com: “Legislation positions Ohio to dial back support for Common Core state standards” (May 20, 2014)
  • Click here to read NSTA’s letter to Ohio science educators.

And in Oklahoma, a joint resolution in the House  which would reject the state department of education’s rules implementing Oklahoma’s new science standards, was passed by the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a 55-31 vote on May 21, 2014. The effort was stymied on May 23 when the Oklahoma legislature adjourned without action.

  • Click here to read an article in the Tulsa World (May 22, 2014)
  • Click here to read an update by the National Center for Science Education (May 23, 2014)

Other interesting reads:

  • Huffington Post article by Bill Chameides:States of Denial: We Don’t Need No Climate Education” (May 21, 2014)
  • Education Week blog by Liana Heitin:”Pushback’ to the Common Science Standards: Real or Overblown?”  (May 20, 2014)

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