Advocates of a set of science standards for public schools cheered when the New Mexico Public Education Department agreed after some contention and debate to initiate those recommendations starting this year.

But the harsh reality of adopting the standards seemed to set in this week when the Legislative Education Study Committee heard from a trio of experts concerned about the speed in which educators must move on the curriculum.

Those three science standards proponents painted a picture of too much work without enough time or money to do it correctly.

“We have a time-line issue,” Stan Rounds, executive director of the New Mexico Coalition of Education Leaders, told the committee members. “We’ve got to get serious about this as we move in.”

Debra Thrall, a board member of the New Mexico Science Teachers Association and one of the leaders of a program to introduce teachers to the new standards, said “a sea change” is needed in funding for the initiative.


Click here to read the full article in the Santa Fe New Mexican (October 23, 2018)

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