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APS board, national lab scientists assail state education proposal

The Associated Press
October 11, 2017 11:19 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Dozens of scientists and engineers at a national nuclear weapons laboratory in New Mexico are objecting to public school science standards proposed by the state that they say would undermine the study of climate change, evolution and earth sciences.

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Sixty-one technical staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory wrote to the New Mexico Department of Education to express their disagreement and published the letter Monday in a full-page newspaper ad.

The letter says proposed standards suggest denial of human-caused climate change and the possibility of an alternative scientific explanation for the history of life on earth other than evolution.

Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski called the letter important and said that state officials are listening to the concerns.

The Public Education Department has suggested several additions and deletions as it moves forward with adopting a set of science standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences. The state's proposal also omits references to evolution and the age of Earth.
    
Board member Barbara Petersen says the letter will show teachers that they have support to "teach real science."

The Albuquerque Public Schools board also drafted a letter to PED about the proposed changes. Click here to read that letter.

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