Without any debate, the Wyoming Senate gave initial support to a bill that would allow the State Board of Education to consider adopting the Next Generation Science Standards for Wyoming schools. Last year the House of Representatives added a budget footnote that kept the Board from considering the standards, in part because of concerns about how they address climate change.
The Senate never debated the issue. Senator Jim Anderson of Glenrock says removing that footnote will allow the State Board of Education to do its job.
"I would say it does allow the State Board of Education to proceed in developing the up to date standards and it also continues to allow the 48 school districts to determine their curriculum and how to achieve those.”
The bill will be debated two more times.