TOPEKA, Kan. -- More than 2,500 Kansas residents have signed onto a petition by three KS parents and a science educator calling on the Kansas Board of Education to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards at their meeting Tuesday, June 11, in Topeka.
Three Kansas parents and a local science educator created the petition in support of the standards, which include climate science education, all members of the pro-science education group Climate Parents: Fred Heeren, fatehr of 5 from Olathe, KS; Dennis Newell, President of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science; Lowell Bliss, father of three from Manhattan, KS; and Erin Flory Robertson, author, teacher and mother of a two year old son from Wichita, KS.
The petition, already 2,547 strong, comes after the Kansas State Senate recently passed legislation seeking to block the new science standards. The bill was narrowly defeated in the Kansas House of Representatives.
“As a father, nothing is more important to me than education: that’s why I support the Next Generation Science Standards. It’s time to give our kids the best opportunities the world offers, and that means comprehensive science education that includes the science of climate change,” said Fred Heeren, a Climate Parents member from Olathe, KS.
“Kansas is already being hit hard by historic drought and other climate impacts,” said Lisa Hoyos, the Founder of Climate Parents. “It’s unacceptable that any policymaker in Kansas would try to prevent Kansas children from learning these hard truths. Kansas students deserve to learn sound science, including climate science, to prepare to navigate the world they’re growing up in. There is too much at stake to go backwards.”