Climate change was a hot topic at the State Board of Education meeting Friday.

An overflow crowd was on hand as members of the public testified for about an hour and a half on the proposed new science standards for the state’s public schools.

The new standards, for the first time, would specifically include the teaching of climate change. However, students would “evaluate the reliability and validity” of climate models before making a project of future climate trends.

Both supporters and critics of the new climate change language spoke.

The favorable comments were mainly from educators, who said the standards include information students need to know. Some critics said the science on climate change is unsettled.

Click here to read the full story in the Omaha World-Herald (August 4, 2017(

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