September 14 | Cabinet Report

By Kimberly Beltran

Not really known as a powerhouse of political persuasion, California’s community of science teachers nonetheless flexed some muscle earlier this month and forced state education officials to withdraw a plan to use a single, end-of-course biology test to assess high school students’ knowledge of new curriculum standards.

The science educators and their allies were initially caught off guard by the proposal but quickly rallied their opposition with enough vigor to get the proposal taken abruptly off the agenda of the California State Board of Education only moments before it would be heard at the board’s regular September meeting.

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