Details here, and please see this.
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If anyone went to the meeting I’d love to hear where the discussions went. I missed the meeting in my neck of the woods last week.
I didn’t go. But I’m guessing the one thing that the Minnesota Science Standards community has to watch out for is turning over the curriculum to the local school boards.
I don’t think the local school boards have the authority to set their own standards, despite what Gov. Palenty says/thinks.
However, that might change.
If rural MN school boards were allowed to do this, I would have a hard time working in a rural public school which I currently do. We have a very religious community up here and a local preacher running for an open seat on the board. It could be scary.
I went to the meeting and will be providing a full report shortly. I’ll address these questions as well. In short, there is no local control of standards, and this meeting was not about that: It was about the state wide standards. Also, standards are not curriculum. (Fortunately)
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