Idaho lawmakers considering cutting climate change out of curriculum

Idaho lawmakers considering cutting climate change out of curriculum

For the third year in a row, lawmakers in Idaho are taking aim at references to climate change in the state’s science standards

According to the Idaho Statesman, Republicans on Idaho’s House Education Committee agreed Wednesday to submit an administrative rule that would take out references to climate change in new science standards for the state’s K-12 schools.

The Statesman reports the language that would be removed deals with the environmental effects of fossil fuels and deforestation.

Republican Scott Syme, from Caldwell, led the effort to amend the standards, claiming they don’t want to ‘stifle inquiry’, or make up student’s minds for them, despite the vast majority of scientific communities and environmental experts being in agreement that the environment is being negatively affected.

The House panel’s decision will only be enacted if the Senate’s Education Committee now adopts the same changes.

A date for the senate vote on the science standards has not been yet.