The Kentucky Board of Education yesterday gave provisional approval to adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards on a 9-0 vote following a coordinated effort by thousands of supporters. However, the board vote is not the end of the story in Kentucky – it only begins a review process that culminates with consideration by the Kentucky Legislature.
And things might be tougher in the Legislature. Senator Mike Wilson, who chairs the Senate’s Education Committee and was the primary sponsor of the state’s 2009 legislation on K-12 standards, published an op-ed in the Louisville paper, the Courier-Journal, stating his opposition to the standards on evolution and climate change. The Kentucky Legislature does not meet in regular session until next year.
Kentucky is one of the 26 “lead state partners” that played large roles in composing the standards with Achieve, the standards-writing arm of the National Governors Association that also wrote the Common Core Standards in math and English language arts.
Next up in the NGSS journey: The Maine Board of Education votes on adoption next Wednesday, June 12. (If you’re looking at the MBOE agenda, the NGSS is under the item about modifying Chapter 132)
And in progress now: Florida’s month-long public comment period for adoption of the NGSS has begun, and runs until June 30.