This is the third year the Idaho Legislature has struggled to agree on science standards for public schools. Previous efforts that included references to global warming and the origin of the universe have been rejected by Republicans unhappy that the language didn’t offer alternative views.
“This is not about curriculum,” said Republican Rep. Ryan Kerby, of New Plymouth, who voted in favor of the amended rules. “If a school district wants to teach the dickens out of global warming, have at it.”
House Assistant Minority Leader Ilana Rubel, of Boise, blasted the committee’s decision for suppressing facts.
“Not only do we owe it to our children to teach them 21st century science, but we owe it to the farmers, foresters and citizens of Idaho to take this issue seriously and not bury our heads in the sand,” she said in a prepared statement.