California Regional Environmental Education Community
Support the No Child Left Inside Legislation
The U.S. Department of Education is working on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka No Child Left Behind). There are efforts underway to ensure that the bill includes provisions for pre-K through grade 12 environmental and outdoor education as outlined in the No Child Left Inside Act, sponsored by Senator Reed and Congressman Sarbanes.
NCLI formed in 2006 and has come along way in just a few years. However, the real work in support of environmental and outdoor education is still ahead. We want to ensure that all of our nation's students graduate from high school as environmentally literate students who are prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century but it is going to take each and every one of us.
Hundreds of national organizations, including NAAEE, Audubon, Project Learning Tree, National Wildlife Federation, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, are working together to support the inclusion of the NCLI language into the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act (known to many as No Child Left Behind). If you are interested in reviewing the comments stating why environmental education is important, to read the summary or amendments to the legislation, or for information to contact Committee members to support the proposed amendments visit http://www.eeNCLB.org.
The NCLI legislation would support the development of Environmental Literacy Plans in all states. The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has prepared Guidelines for the development of these plans. Click here to read: NAAEE State Environmental Literacy Plan Guidelines.
A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
The United States Department of Education issued A Blueprint for Reform in March 2010. It outlines President Obama's vision for a world-class education. The very exciting news for EE professionals is that Environmental Education has been included in the blueprint. Please refer to pages 25 and 28 to see environmental education listed as a content area necessary in order to provide students with A Complete and Well-Rounded Education.
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