Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Congress Considers “No Child Left Inside” Legislation

Today, the House Education and Labor Committee is scheduled to vote on a modified version of the No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Act.

Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland and Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island introduced legislation that strengthens and expands environmental education in America's classrooms and reconnects children with nature.

After a careful review, the NCLI Coalition leadership team strongly supports the amended version of the bill. Its key provisions would expand the National Environmental Education Act to:

  • Provide grants to ensure that teachers have the have the necessary knowledge and skills to teach environmental education;

  • Provide grants to enhance state and national capacity for environmental education.

  • Enable states that create environmental literacy plans, detailing how all graduates will be environmentally literate, to apply for this funding.

For more information on how you can take action today in support of the Act, go to: http://www.cbf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=act_sub_actioncenter_federal_nclb_action