Climate change education bills die in New York

No fewer than five bills in the New York legislature intended to support the teaching of climate change in the public schools are now apparently dead in committee.

Assembly Bill 9831 and the identical Senate Bill 6837 would have established a climate change education grant program to support outreach to young people and teacher professional development on climate change; Assembly Bill 9886 and the identical Senate Bill 7341 would have established a model climate change curriculum in all public elementary and secondary schools; and Senate Bill 6887 would have required "the commissioner of education to make recommendations to the board of regents relating to the adoption of instruction in climate science in senior high schools."

The legislative session was scheduled to end on June 2, 2020, but the legislature did not officially adjourn, due to the pandemic. The new legislative session begins on January 6, 2021.

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