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If the Kentucky state board of education adopts Next Generation Science Standards at their next meeting, the Bluegrass State will replace standards which earned a D in 2012 with A-quality standards. Unfortunately, these strong new standards are under attack. The vote is expected to come next Wednesday, June 5. The board must hear from you now.
Louisiana's HB 26 would repeal the infamous "Louisiana Science Education Act." That law, passed in 2008 and signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal, allows teachers in the Pelican State to use classroom supplements, and claims that evolution and climate change create "controversy." This combination invites lessons in creationism and climate change denial.
WHEREAS [name of district / board] agrees with the Tennessee General Assembly’s view, expressed in the preamble to Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-1030, that “[a]n important purpose of science education is to inform students about scientific evidence and to help students develop critical thinking skills necessary to become intelligent, productive, and scientifically informed citizens,” and
In May, 2012, the Tennessee legislature passed a "Monkey Bill," a law opening the door to the teaching of creationism, climate change denial, and other pseudosciences in the state's classrooms. Thousands of citizens spoke out against it, including the state's top scientists and teachers. The governor even questioned the law, and refused to sign it.
If you agree that local school boards should insist that teachers only teach real science in science classes, and want to be part of fighting back against this law's dangerous effects, please sign up below.
Kansas's HB 2306 would, if it becomes law, pose a grave threat to students and science education throughout the Sunflower State. This bill is based on legislation in other states which single out evolution, climate change, and other scientific topics as supposedly scientifically "controversial." This bill focuses only on climate change, wrongly claiming it is scientifically controversial.
Arizona's SB 1213 would, if it becomes law, pose a grave threat to students and science education throughout Arizona. The bill singles out evolution, climate change, and other scientific topics as supposed scientific "controversies," overrides the authority of local districts to establish clear curriculum, undercuts teachers' ability to maintain classroom discipline, and rewrites the rules for science classes, all with the goal of opening the door to creationist lessons.
The Next Generation Science Standards represent a tremendous opportunity to strengthen science education in the United States, but also a tremendous risk.