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New science standards hard sell at cash-strapped Sylmar High School (Photos)

by Mary Plummer | Take Two®

Biology teacher Ronald Hitchcock teaches his advanced biology students. On the right, student Juan Santacruz.

Earlier this month, 26 states — including California — released new K-12 science standards. The ambitious plan hopes to reinvent science education across the country and transform students into 21st century thinkers. 

It's the first attempt at federal science standards since the mid-'90s, but making the shift will cost millions in training and technology upgrades, and traditional textbooks won't do the job. 

KPCC's Mary Plummer visited Sylmar High School in the northeast San Fernando Valley to find out how prepared science teachers are for the change.

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