New K-12 Science Standards Move Forward In Ky.

Jun 6, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A set of new science standards dubbed “ Next Generation” received the unanimous support of the Kentucky Board of Education Wednesday. In a 10-0 vote, the board approved the standards for K-12 students.

"There were no critics of the standards at the meeting or they didn't speak at the meeting. There is a public comment section at the beginning of each of the board's meetings. Six people did speak, but they all spoke in favor of the standards," says Nancy Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the state Department of Education.

Rodriguez says there have been critics, however, most focusing on the language surrounding one issue.

"Some folks have expressed concern about the standards, particularly around climate change," she says.

One of the supporters of the new standards who spoke at the Wednesday meeting was Sheila Anderson of Frankfort, who said nearly 4,000 people have signed on online petition backing the new guidelines. She said it’s important to her that climate science be included.

The standards will now go through a public hearing and legislative review process before taking effect during the 2014-15 school year.