Urge Members of Congress to Support the No Child Left Inside Act of 2007
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) recently introduced legislation that strengthens and expands environmental education in America's classrooms and reconnects children with nature. These bills, each entitled the No Child Left Inside* Act of 2007, were introduced in the House (HR 3036) and the Senate (S 1981).Take Action
Please write to your senators and representative and urge them to support the No Child Left Inside Act of 2007 and help get its provisions included in the House and Senate bills that reauthorize the No Child Left Behind law.
With the nation facing complicated environmental issues that will challenge us for years to come, it is critical that schools provide students with a solid grounding in environmental education. But because of the No Child Left Behind law (NCLB), many schools are scaling back or eliminating environmental education programs.
Congress has the opportunity to change this with the reauthorization of NCLB.
The No Child Left Inside Act of 2007 amends NCLB in the following ways:
* Provides federal funding to states to train teachers in environmental education and to operate model environmental education programs, which include outdoor learning.
* Provides funding to states that create environmental literacy plans to ensure that high school graduates are environmentally literate.
* Provides funding through an environmental education grant program to build state and national capacity.
* Re-establishes an Office of Environmental Education within the U.S. Department of Education.Take Action
Help us guarantee that no students are left inside when it comes to learning about their environment. Urge your representative and senators to support environmental education in the NCLB reauthorization bill by including the No Child Left Inside Act of 2007.
By making a few changes to NCLB, we can dramatically improve our schools' ability to prepare young people for real-world challenges and careers and ensure an environmentally sustainable future.