Mandatory climate change education bill in Connecticut again

Connecticut's House Bill 5215 (PDF), introduced by the Joint Committee on Education on February 20, 2020, would amend the Connecticut General Statutes to require the teaching of climate change in science classes consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards (which Connecticut adopted in 2015).

The bill is similar to a string of similar proposals in the 2018 and 2019 legislative sessions, including Senate Bill 345 in 2018 and House Bill 5011 in 2019. Connecticut would become the first state to require the teaching of climate change in its public schools by law, not simply through its science standards, if HB 5215 is enacted.

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