The Wyoming Department of Education is asking Wyoming teachers, parents and science professionals to serve on a Science Standards Review Committee. A survey will be open until April 22 for citizens to express interest.
The committee will form science standards for Wyoming students, a process that was restarted by the State Board of Education after lawmakers voted this session to allow the Next Generation Science Standards to be considered.
Last year, a committee of science educators unanimously recommended the Next Generation Science Standards to the Board, but lawmakers blocked those standards because they acknowledged human-driven climate change.
Department spokesperson Kari Eakins says The Board of Education changed the makeup of the committee after some complaints.
"They heard from people who work in the classroom, people who have kids in the classroom, people who are trying to hire people into their workforce that they wanted there to be a good chance for people from varying backgrounds to give their opinion and have their insight on the science standards."
27 educators, 6 parents and 3 science professionals will serve on the new committee. Eakins also says 21 of the 36 educators from last year’s committee will return.