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'Next Generation Science Standards' stir controversy

FRANKFURT, Ky. (WKYT) - The board is voting to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, which teach about global warming.

One of the proposed changes in those standards includes climate change. But that proposal is drawing some controversy.

Among those opposing the proposal is State Senator Mike Wilson, the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. He recently wrote an opinion piece in the Courier-Journal saying too much is unknown about global warming to begin teaching it in schools.

Board commissioners say the new teaching standards don't have anything to do with politics or religion, just added facts about science.

"We're not asking students to believe in climate change, we're just asking them to understand the science behind climate change. The other issue is evolution, and again, were not asking students to change their beliefs," says Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education.

Nearly 4,000 supporters have already signed an online petition in favor of the new standards.

The board is expected to vote on the Next Generation Science Standards Wednesday afternoon.


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