Published Online: July 2, 2014

Wyoming halts work on science teaching standards

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Board of Education has suspended work on new standards for science education in public schools until the state Legislature rescinds a recent mandate for those standards.

Board member Pete Gosar says the board approved the resolution 10-1 in Rawlins on Tuesday because it took offense at how lawmakers got involved in the issue.

Last winter, the Legislature and Gov. Matt Mead approved a state budget containing a footnote that prohibits Wyoming from adopting guidelines called the Next Generation Science Standards. Lawmakers expressed concern that the standards endorse the theory of man-made climate change.

The legislation prompted state education officials to begin to re-examine science standards they were planning to adopt.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1iY0lji ) Tuesday's vote implements science standards that Wyoming adopted back in 2008.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com


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