No Child Left Inside Act: Bipartisan Bill to Improve Environmental Literacy

No Child Left InsideIn 1965, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed, which authorized state-managed and federally funded education programs as part of President Johnson’s poverty-reduction policies.

It was reauthorized 37 years later as the No Child Left Behind Act under President George W. Bush, in order to define core common educational standards to use for national assessment.

Right now, under the leadership of Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Congressman John Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), a bipartisan movement is underway to amend that act – because it still doesn’t touch one of the most crucial areas of all: the outdoors.

Today, Sens. Reed and Kirk, along with Rep. Sarbanes, introduced versions of the No Child Left Inside Act of 2011 (NCLI) to both the House and the Senate. This bipartisan bill is intended to assist individual states in the development and implementation of stronger environmental literacy programs for students in grades K-12.

“Preparing our children to be good environmental citizens is some of the most important work any of us can do. It’s work that will serve future generations and quite literally sustain our world.” – Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

Read more about it at the National Wildlife Federation: Bipartisan ‘No Child Left Inside’ Act Will Foster Innovation

And, if you already know you support this bill, please send a message to your elected officials here: Speak Up for Environmental Education

Derek Markham

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