PED flip-flops on science standards

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By Wren Propp

Following a crowded, eight-hour public hearing on Monday, the state Public Education Department’s secretary designate decided proposed science standards should include the age of the Earth, after all.
The proposed science standards for kindergarten through 12th grade were based on nationally developed Next Generation Science Standards, known as NGSS or Next Gen, but tweaked and edited by the state public education department and introduced in mid-September.
Some of the edits and omissions have drawn fire from a host of New Mexicans, including 61 science and engineering fellows at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Los Alamos school board, students and teachers.
Secretary Designate Christopher Ruszkowski issued a statement Tuesday night via the department’s spokeswoman’s IPhone, stating he had listened to the “thoughtful input received and will incorporate many of the suggestions into the New Mexico Standards,” following the hearing.
The statement also pushes back at some of the criticism leveled at the hearing and in written public comments.

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