Two Ohio representatives reportedly want the state's Board of Education to alter the science curriculum to include theories that would "help students understand the full range of scientific views that exist." Some skeptics say the lawmakers are angling to require schools to teach the theory of intelligent design, which advocates that life on earth is too complicated to be solely the product of biological evolution.
Education officials reportedly are exploring an alternative to a diploma for students who complete mandatory coursework, but fail the controversial test. A plan to add MCAS performance levels to transcripts also may be introduced this fall, a report says.
Participants reportedly undergo four to six weeks of training in the summer and a yearlong internship before being allowed to have their own classroom. Candidates must be qualified to teach a subject that has a teacher shortage, such as math or science.
Legislation that would make California the first state to prohibit public schools from using American Indian tribe names for mascots was voted down Tuesday by the State Assembly. A second vote may come later this week, a report says.