A footnote attached to a Wyoming budget measure signed by Republican Gov. Matt Mead will prevent the state board of education from reviewing and adopting the Next Generation Science Standards. Apparently, key concerns are how the standards, adopted so far by 10 states and the District of Columbia, address the issues of climate change and evolution.
State Rep. Mary Throne, a Democrat, authored the language as a compromise. An original version would have forbidden the state board from adopting any new science standards.
Before the legislation was signed this month, the board had been in the process of reviewing the standards and addressing concerns surrounding them.
A version of this article appeared in the March 26, 2014 edition of Education Week as Wyoming Blocks Adoption Of Science Standards