As a few commenters were quick to guess yesterday, a subcommittee of the Kentucky legislature did indeed vote to block adoption of Next Generation Science Standards. On a 5-1 vote, the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee sought to overrule the Kentucky Board of Education. The subcommittee tried to wipe away all the hard work that Kentucky’s teachers and scientists invested in creating these standards, along with top scientists and teachers from across the country.

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In June 2013, the Kentucky board of education voted to approve new statewide science standards. Kentucky was one of 26 states that helped draft the Next Generation Science Standards, so it was little surprise that the board adopted those standards easily. Kansas and Rhode Island had already adopted the same standards, and Vermont, Maryland, and California have all done the same since then. Before long, dozens of states are likely to do the same.

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