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State School Board restores climate change science standard by 1 vote

May 5, 2023, 10:59 AM | Updated: Oct 26, 2023, 1:05 pm

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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2018 photo, smokestacks near an oil refinery are seen in front of the Utah State Capitol as an inversion settles over Salt Lake City. A new study released Monday, March 11, 2019, says African-Americans and Hispanics breathe in far more deadly air pollution than they are responsible for making. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — Climate change was restored to Utah’s supplemental state standards for science and engineering education by one vote late Thursday night.

The Utah State Board of Education voted 8-7 to accept the proposed standards as written by a committee of educators, scientists, and parents.

The vote — which capped a nearly 14-hour board meeting — eliminated all previous amendments to the science and engineering curriculum, one of which purged climate change language.

Board member Brent Strate, who introduced the motion to accept the supplemental standards as written, said the board had approved science standards in 2019 that included climate change as part of environmental science instruction.

You can find a full video of the Utah State Board of Education’s May 4 meeting here. And you can read more of this article on KSL.com.

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State School Board restores climate change science standard by 1 vote