Climate change education legislation revives in Connecticut?

The attempt to require the teaching of climate change in Connecticut's public schools by law briefly revived in late May 2019, according to the Connecticut Mirror (May 24, 2019), when the House of Representatives considered adding a provision to require the teaching of climate change to House Bill 7113.

Christine Palm (D-District 36), who introduced a previous bill, HB 5011, requiring the teaching of climate change, was quoted as saying, "When 98 percent of peer-reviewed scientists agree that global climate change is manmade and only humanity can fix it, I believe that ... We owe it to our children to give them the knowledge of the precariousness of their world so they can be part of the change."

But John Piscopo (R-District 76) described anthropogenic climate change as "debatable in science" and characterized the proposed requirement as "indoctrination." Earlier in 2019, Piscopo introduced a measure, HB 5955, to "eliminate climate change materials" from the Connecticut state science standards, incorrectly describing climate change as "a controversial area of information."

The House voted to accept a version of House Bill 7113 without the requirement. According to the Connecticut Mirror, the House Majority Leader Matt Ritter (D-District 1) and Palm said that the climate change proposal is still alive, Palm adding that she hopes to see the proposal before the House again soon. The legislative session ends on June 5, 2019.

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