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NGSS Extend to Orinda (CA) Elementary Schools

Next Generation Science Standards, guidelines implemented across the United States as of April 2013, have been adopted in 19 states as of November, and have continued to develop as schools work toward replacing old science curriculum with NGSS. The Wagner Ranch Elementary School garden in Orinda has made considerable changes regarding NGSS in its most… Read more »

Anti-NGSS Bill in Iowa

House File 2317, introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on February 12, 2018, and referred to the House Education Committee, would, if enacted, revert the state’s science standards to “the science standards utilized by school districts in this state during the 2014-2015 school year” — just before the state adopted the Next Generation Science Standards…. Read more »

Juneau Students Get New Science Lessons in 2019

A new science curriculum approved Tuesday will send Juneau (Alaska) School District elementary students out of the classroom and into the community. Starting next year, guidelines for kindergarten through fifth-grade students will emphasize “place-based” and “culturally relevant” learning, two approaches taking hold in national teaching standards. The new curriculum was also written with Next Generation… Read more »

Idaho Senate Drills Down Into Nitty Gritty Of Science Standards

The third year — and possibly final year — of the Idaho Legislature’s science standards debate could come to closure next week. The Senate Education Committee spent an hour taking public testimony on science standards Wednesday afternoon. As expected, the committee took no action. There is no date set for a vote, but it appears… Read more »

In Fight Over Science Education in Idaho, Lawmakers Move to Minimize Climate

When Idaho lawmakers scrubbed all mentions of human-caused climate change from the state’s education standards last year, they faced a swift backlash from teachers, parents and students who said that censoring science would leave students disadvantaged, jobs unfilled and the state unprepared for the future. On Wednesday, the Idaho House Education Committee approved a revised… Read more »

Lawmakers Delay Action on Proposed Science Standards in Idaho

For a second consecutive day, a large crowd Friday at the Idaho Statehouse offered enthusiastic, unanimous support for a slate of proposed new science standards. And for a second consecutive day, the House Education Committee took no action. At issue is a politically charged controversy over the science standards that will be taught in Idaho’s… Read more »

Idaho House Education Committee To Take Up Science Standards Feb. 1

The Idaho House Education Committee will consider a proposed slate of new science standards during hearings Thursday and Friday at the Statehouse. At issue are standards that will be used in Idaho’s K-12 public schools and charters. Last year, lawmakers approved science standards on a temporary basis after first removing five paragraphs that reference global… Read more »