Six proposed education rules are up for debate, but one is causing the biggest stir: what student will learn about science.

On April 11 in Twin Falls, the Idaho Department of Education held the first in a series of six public meetings across the Gem State to gather feedback from educators, parents and community members.

Proposed changes to science standards drew controversy and debate during the legislative session — particularly, about climate change.

The Idaho legislature approved a concurrent resolution this spring to adopt new temporary science standards for kindergarten through 12th grades. But it decided to remove five paragraphs, which include references to climate change caused by human behavior.

Public comments will be accepted through April 26. Formal recommendations will come before the Idaho Board of Education in August.

Revised standards will become a pending rule in the fall. A second public comment period will be held and state legislators will review permanent science standards in 2018.


Click here to read the full story in the Atchison Globe Now (April 12, 2-17)

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