New Mexico Will Adopt School Science Standards

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The New Mexico Secretariat of Public Education said that the state will comprehensively adopt school science standards that have already been widely used in response to public outrage over proposed changes that have omitted references to climate change, evolution, and antiquity of the Earth.

In an interview Wednesday night, Secretary of Public Education Christopher Ruszkowski said in the final version of New Mexico’s standards it would resemble the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a consortium of states, adding half a dozen passages linked to local achievements in science and industry.

A previous proposal included about 35 passages related to New Mexico, which undermined the central mission of science education, many critics claimed.

During a public hearing of the previous version of standards, many people asked the state to reconsider and adopt a draft. Some of these critics were scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, science teachers’ associations, religious leaders, as well as teachers and administrators from various school districts in New Mexico.

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Lucas Martin is New Mexico Couriers's senior editor. He is also a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and a bestselling author. He lives in Trenton New Jersey and covers the intersection of money, politics and finance. He appears periodically on national television shows and has been published in (among others) The National Post, Politico, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Wired.com, Vice and Salon.com. He also has served as a journalist and consultant on documentaries for NPR and ShowTime. In 2014, he was the winner of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers' investigative journalism award, and the winner of the Izzy Award for Journalism from Ithaca College's Park Center for Independent Media. He was also a finalist for UCLA's Gerald R. Loeb Award and Syracuse University's Mirror Award. Before becoming a journalist in 2006, Sirota worked in Washington for, among others, U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee Minority Staff and the Center for American Progress.