The State Board of Education can now legally consider the Next Generation Science Standards as well as other K-12 science standards.
Gov. Matt Mead signed House Bill 23 into law on Monday.
The bill removes a budget footnote the Legislature passed last year that blocked the board from spending any funds to consider the Next Generation standards. Those are an educational framework created by national science groups and officials from 26 states.
The Senate originally passed an amendment to the bill that instructed the board to develop standards that are “unique” to Wyoming. But lawmakers later agreed to a compromise that frees up the board to consider any standards to “ensure that final standards adopted for Wyoming schools promote excellence.”
Climate Parents, an organization that has fought for the state to be able to consider the science standards, applauded Mead’s decision to sign the bill into law.
“This is a great day for Wyoming students, teachers, parents and everyone else believes that kids need to learn climate science as part of a world-class science education,” said John Friedrich, senior campaigner with the group, in a statement.