This has been a rollercoaster of a day.
Several KSE board members and supporters went to Frankfort today for the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee meeting.
I (+Robert Bevins
) offered testimony in favor of the standards as the representative of the pro-NGSS group, and came to the conclusion before I was done responding to questions and comments from the committee members that the subcommittee had already come to a decision before the meeting began. Two representatives of the Board of Education helped to field these questions, and if they knew that things were going badly, they didn't show it.
Speaking against the standards were Richard Innes and Martin Cothran. Although I had already demonstrated that many of their positions were unfounded (at least in my opinion), Innes and Cothran stuck to their guns and held on to clearly false positions.
The NGSS were voted down (found deficient) with five members of the eight member committee voting against the standards, one voting for, one abstaining, and one absent.
More than anything I was concerned for the nightly news cycle. This was going to be bad, and it was going to become a state PR crisis fast.
Regulations in Kentucky have to go through a legislative review process, and even if standards are found deficient by one or more committees, the governor can override their decision and implement a regulation anyway. This can be challenged the next year in a legislative session, but not immediately.
Within one hour of the end of the meeting, Governor Beshear had done exactly that.
Within one short hour, we had lost a battle and had one a war.
This might seem like time to find some laurels to rest on, but it isn't.
We need to make sure that the governor knows that he has broad support from Kentuckians. We need to make sure that the legislature, who has only heard from the anti-science education groups up until recently, that we are here, and we support the governor's decision.
If they are one thousand squeaky wheels, then we will be one thousand and one.
Thank you all for your support. #NGSS #science #education #evolution #climatechangedenial http://wp.me/p2Ncgx-20