The standards have attracted hundreds of outraged comments at the addition of evolution and the Big Bang Theory.
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers have rejected new K-12 science standards after receiving criticism over how the rules — which for the first time include global-warming and evolution components — were finalized.
The Senate Education Committee spiked the proposed rules Monday after a House panel rejected the same proposals earlier this session. The state’s education department requested lawmakers kill the standards right before the panel voted to allow more time for public comment. This means state officials must start the rule-making process over again.
During Monday’s meeting, lawmakers scrapped the rules with little to no discussion — even though the standards have attracted hundreds of outraged comments at the addition of evolution and the Big Bang Theory.
Science teachers, state officials and other stakeholders spent last summer drafting new science standards.
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The State Board of Education approved the rules in August.
In Idaho, legislative rules are presented to the Legislature starting in January. They carry the same force as law because they are drafted to implement state statutes. So far, this is the only rule the legislative education committee has rejected.