Alabama is updating its science standards to require that students understand evolution and learn about climate change.
Educators say the new rules don't require that students in the Bible Belt state believe in evolution or accept the idea that climate is changing globally.
However, students will be required to understand the theory of evolution starting next year. Teachers will address climate change, which wasn't a focus in the state's previous, decade-old standards.
The state school board approved the new standards unanimously late last week.