Minnesota's climate justice instruction bills die in committee

Minnesota's House File 550 and Senate File 666 died in committee on March 12, 2021, the deadline for committees to act favorably on bills in the house of origin. The identical bills would have, if enacted, required school districts and charter schools in the state to provide climate justice instruction "aligned with current scientific research and integrated into existing programs, curriculum, or the general school environment."

The bills defined climate justice as "connecting climate change to social and economic justice issues" and accordingly identified as themes of climate justice instruction not only scientific principles, but also social and economic issues, such as climate change's "disproportionate effects on communities already facing systemic oppression" and its "interconnected effects on inequity, systemic oppression, and injustice."

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