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Legislature approves science standards bill

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Legislature has approved a bill that allows the state Board of Education to consider the Next Generation Science Standards in crafting new state K-12 science standards.

House Bill 23 now goes to Gov. Matt Mead.

The Next Generation Science Standards are opposed by some in Wyoming over how the standards handle human contributions to global climate change. Fossil fuels extraction is a top industry in the state's economy.

Last year, the Legislature prohibited the state Board of Education from considering the Next Generation Science Standards.

The bill that the Legislature passed Thursday included some drama when the Senate version required the board to enact standards "unique" to Wyoming.

Lawmakers settled on requiring final state standards that "promote excellence," but that the board use any other standards as a template.

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