Wyoming schools likely free to use controversial science standards

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Despite a statewide ban on a controversial set of K-12 science benchmarks, local school districts in Wyoming likely can use the standards freely.

The budget footnote prohibiting the Wyoming Department of Education and state Board of Education from spending money to review or adopt the Next Generation Science Standards does not apply to the budgets school districts use to buy educational materials like textbooks, said Mary Kay Hill, chief of staff to Gov. Matt Mead.

"We always emphasize that standards establish the basic bar of what students should know and be able to do," Hill said in an email to the Star-Tribune. "There is ample language in statute to assure district boards have the authority to select curriculum (and) textbooks."

Whether or not those materials are based on the Next Generation standards, the footnote does not apply to those budgets.

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