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State quiet on origins of proposed school science standards

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Public Education Department is not providing specifics on the origin of proposed changes to the state's science standards.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/2yYva1r ) Tuesday that department officials say several different groups provided input, but they have declined to name the groups. Critics have questioned the agency's transparency as a result.

The standards are based on a set developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences, but the state has proposed several custom additions and deletions that have drawn criticism. The standard changes substitute references to climate change, omit the age of the earth and limit references to evolution.

Department official say they are forming an implementation plan, and they will consider any feedback from a public hearing scheduled for this month.

Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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