Trouble looms for Idaho's state science standards

The Idaho House Education Committee voted 10-5 on February 5, 2020, to repeal the state's science education standards, according to Idaho Ed News (February 5, 2020), despite the fact that the majority of public testimony heard by the committee favored retaining the standards.

Although the specific content of the standards was not primarily at issue, the fact that the committee was so hostile to the inclusion of climate change in the standards in 2016, 2017, and 2018, as NCSE previously reported, suggests a possible motivation for the vote.

The vote is not decisive. Idaho Ed News observed, "[The] Senate Education [Committee] has the power to join the House in rejecting the standards — or approve the standards, which would be enough to nullify the House's action and keep the standards on the books."

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.

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