Climate science is back on the agenda in Idaho schools.
Last year, Idaho became the only state in the country to successfully remove climate change from its curriculum. Republican lawmakers scrubbed five paragraphs about anthropogenic climate change from the state’s science standards.
This month, they moved to reapprove the climate change–less standards, sparking a fierce public debate. Students attended public hearings and wrote opinion pieces, literally begging politicians to let them learn about climate change.
Idaho’s House Republicans weren’t convinced: They voted to remove the subject from the state’s science standards on Feb. 1. But fortunately for the kids, the Idaho Senate Committee voted to pass the standards with the original references to climate change intact.
Idaho’s House and Senate lawmakers have until the end of March to come to an agreement on the science standards. If they can’t agree, the standards will be adopted as written — including references to climate change — and remain in effect for the next five years.