Word about standards’ problem is getting out

The St. Petersburg Times education blog picked up on the news I broke concerning Next Generation standards (see last Friday’s post).

For what it’s worth, the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee includes Rep. D. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, the lead House sponsor of the “academic freedom” bill pushed by Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Brandon. Moore said neither Hays nor any other committee members had any input into his opinion. But he also said members would be consulted if DOE ignored it.

A DOE spokesperson told the Gradebook last week that it was not clear when, before 2011, the science standards would be revisited, or how intensely they’d be reviewed. “They’re going to take a look and see if there’s anything new in the science world that they need to put in,” the spokesperson said.

Also of note, is that Representative Greg Evers is an “alternating chair” of the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee, and he was a co-sponsor of Hays’ “academic freedom” bill.

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Communications Director for Florida Citizens for Science.
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