Kentucky’s new science standards have taken a step closer to becoming officially adopted this week.
The Next Generation Science Standards—which were developed by 26 states including Kentucky—were rejected by a small regulation committee earlier this year.
Gov. Steve Beshear has said he would use his power to override that decision and implement the standards anyway.
The Kentucky Department of Education has already begun preparing educators around the state for implementing the new standards in the 2014-2015 school year, but some anticipated an interesting vote from the larger 40-member interim joint education committee, which could have also voted on the standards.
Instead, that committee chose not to hear the standards in this week’s meeting.
Officials with the Legislative Research Commission—the body that oversees all things related to laws and regulations—says the interim committee could still hold a special meeting between now and Nov. 1, but co-chair Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Franklin, says "it’s a done deal" and the standards have overwhelming support of the business and science communities.
Some argue the standards don’t do enough to support students in certain areas of science and that they leave out key concepts. But many educators say they’ll dive deeper into scientific ideas and will force students to demonstrate the use of science.
Gov. Steve Beshear still needs to send the official notice—or letter—to the LRC acknowledging his decision to override the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee’s rejection before the standards are officially adopted.
UPDATE: Oct 15, 8:11 pm: Gov. Beshear's office has shared with WFPL a copy of his signed letter to the LRC acknowledging his decision to implement the standards despite the committee's rejection. According the the LRC, if the Interim Joint Education Committee wishes to hold a special meeting to consider the standards by Nov. 1 then Beshear would have to send a similar letter to the LRC.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Kentucky Education Committee Passes on Hearing Science Standards, Official Adoption Near
This from WFPL: