New Science Education Standards

Implementation of the new Next Generation Science Standards is moving forward in Kentucky, for now.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- New science education standards that call for greater focus on teaching the theories of evolution and climate change in Kentucky classrooms will be implemented despite a finding by a legislative panel that they're deficient, a spokesman for Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday.

The Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee found the Next Generation Science Standards lacking and voted 5-1 Wednesday to send them back to the Department of Education for revamping.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A legislative panel has rejected the state's proposed new science education standards, citing a groundswell of opposition across Kentucky.

The Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee voted 5-1 on Wednesday to find the standards deficient. That doesn't necessarily mean they'll be tossed aside. Gov. Steve Beshear could implement them anyway.

Robert Bevins, president of Kentuckians for Science Education, said rejecting the new standards would be a horrible embarrassment for the state.