California's climate education bill dies

Assembly Bill 1922 died in committee on June 19, 2020, the last day for Assembly bills to pass in the current legislative session. If enacted, the bill would have amended California's adopted course of study for science to include "coursework including material on the causes and effects of climate change" from grades 1 to 12. Additionally, at least one of the two courses required for graduation from high school would have had to include such material.

Assembly Bill 1922 was one of eighteen bills active in ten state legislatures during 2020 that sought to promote climate change education in the K-12 public schools, as NCSE previously reported. None has so far passed; two bills in New Jersey (Assembly Bill 2767 and Senate Bill 1970) and five bills in New York (Assembly Bills 9831 and 9886 and Senate Bills 6837, 6877, and 7341) are apparently still active, while the remainder have died.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.

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