West Virginia Board of Education adopts climate change classroom teaching standards


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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to allow classroom debate on climate change.

Two months after citizens bombarded the board with comments at a public hearing, the board voted 6-2 Thursday to approve the proposal. It is effective for the 2016-17 school year.

In January, the board scrapped changes it made to teaching requirements for education science standards. Those changes had been suggested by board member Wade Linger. Linger had said he didn't believe it was a "foregone conclusion" that the climate is in fact changing.

The board then placed the proposal with its original language intact for a 30-day public comment period. Media outlets report that the students will be allowed to use scientific models to draw their own conclusions about climate change.

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