A new bill supporting climate change education in Connecticut

Connecticut state capitol.

Connecticut's House Bill 5271 (PDF) would, if enacted, "require that the climate change curriculum in the Next Generation Science Standards be taught as part of the state-wide science curriculum for public schools and that such teaching begin in elementary school."

The bill, introduced by Juan R. Candelaria (D-District 95) on January 13, 2023, and referred to the Joint Committee on Education, is identical to House Bill 5619 from 2021, which eventually died in committee, as NCSE previously reported.

In 2022, however, after a similar bill, House Bill 5285, died in committee, its provisions were incorporated in the state budget bill, which was enacted in May 2022, as NCSE previously reported. It is unclear whether House Bill 5271 would require any further changes.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.