To the surprise of no one who’s been following the long, winding road to updating the science taught in New Mexico’s schools, Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a measure designed to force the adoption of new standards.

House Bill 211 would have required the state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, nationally vetted benchmarks for teaching public school children science from K-12. A group of educators and experts, all appointed by education secretary Hanna Skandera, unanimously recommended the NGSS for adoption four years ago. Two years ago, a focus group of teachers, professors and school administrators—again picked by the Public Education Department—reached the same conclusion.

Click here to read the full story in the Sante Fe Reporter (April 7, 2017)


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