New Jersey bill would mandate climate change instruction

Senate Bill 1970, introduced in the New Jersey Senate on February 25, 2020, would, if enacted, require local school districts to include information on climate change in their curricula and to adopt instructional materials that "accurately portray changes in weather and climate patterns over time, the impacts of human activity on changes in weather and climate patterns, and the effects of climate change on people and resources."

Sponsored by Vin Gopal (D-District 11), SB 1970 is currently pending in the Senate Education Committee. SB 1970 is the eleventh measure directly aimed at supporting climate change education in the public schools to be introduced in a state legislature in 2020: New Jersey joins Arizona, California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York (two bills), Rhode Island, and Washington (two bills).

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