Legislation to support climate change education in California

California's Assembly Bill 1939, introduced on February 10, 2022, would, if enacted, require the California course of study to emphasize the causes and effects of climate change as soon as possible, no later than the 2023-2024 school year. Additionally, starting with the 2027-2028 school year, at least one of the two science courses required for graduation from high school would have to include material on the causes and effects of climate change.

First announced in the Sacramento Bee (December 1, 2021), the bill was introduced by Luz Rivas (D-District 39), Lisa Calderon (D-District 57), and Chris Ward (D-District 78); seven of their colleagues in the House and four of their colleagues in the Senate are listed as coauthors. In 2020, as NCSE previously reported, Rivas was the sole sponsor of the similar Assembly Bill 1922, which eventually died in committee.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.