Monday afternoon the Oklahoma House Administrative Rules and Government Oversight Committee voted 10-1 to reject the proposed Oklahoma Academic Skills for Science that have been in development for the past year and a half. A rejection of proposed education standards by the legislature is unprecedented and at this point the real impact and implications are unknown.
- The use of the Next Generation Science Standards as a resource. – Testimony given by Tiffany Neill, State Science Director for SDE pointed out that the science writing committee requested NGSS as a resource as they represented the most up-to-date resource from organizations trusted and utilized by previous revision committees. She also pointed out that the writing committee did utilize other resources and they reviewed other state science standards.
- Weather and Climate being placed in early grade levels – It appeared to observers that committee members believe standards that reference climate at all might be utilized to direct students to being forced to subscribe to climate change theory. Of course, weather and climate is already in PASS. (Isn’t it ironic that a state so dependent on weather and climate might be lead by elected officials who are afraid that science teachers might broach the topic in 3rd or 4th grade?)
- Speaker of the House Jeffery Hickman: firstname.lastname@example.org (email address corrected from previous post)(405) 557-7339
- Senate President Pro Tem: Brian Bingman: email@example.com (405) 521-5528
- Governor Fallin’s Office: Go to the following link to submit and e-mail to Governor Fallin’s office http://www.ok.gov/governor/# (405) 521-2342
FYI, these are the members of the House Administrative Rules Committee:
Chair Rep. Blackwell, Gus (R) District 61
Vice Chair Rep. Fisher, Dan (R) District 60
|Rep. Banz, Gary W.||Rep. Billy, Lisa J.||Rep. Cannaday, Ed|
|Rep. Floyd, Kay||Rep. Fourkiller, William||Rep. Hulbert, Arthur|
|Rep. McCullough, Mark||Rep. Mulready, Glen||Rep. Shelton, Mike|
|Rep. Stiles, Aaron||Rep. Thomsen, Todd||Rep. Walker, Ken|