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Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
Proposed changes to science ed raises concerns in Los Alamos

Proposed changes to a rule guiding science education standards in New Mexico’s public schools are gathering attention in Los Alamos, home to many of the state’s scientists.

A draft of a proposal released earlier this month by the state’s Public Education Department has seen some strong reaction, and push back to the criticism, plus a snarky headline in Mother Jones magazine: “New Mexico Doesn’t Want Your Kids to Know How Old the Earth Is…And Why It’s Getting Warmer.”

The proposed rule changes, called New Mexico STEM-Ready for Science Standards, replace rules for science standards that are several years old. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

State lawmakers earlier this year had passed a bill supporting changes that mirror the Next Generation Science Standards. Called Next Gen for short, a national advisory council had developed the new standards over the past several years. Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed the bill.

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