A pair of climate change education bills in Massachusetts

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A pair of identical climate change education bills, House Bill 614 and Senate Bill 311, would, if enacted, "implement an elementary and secondary interdisciplinary climate education curriculum" in Massachusetts.

The bills would initiate processes to revise state standards for science and technology and history and social studies to include relevant and interdisciplinary climate change standards to provide students with a deeper understanding of various issues related to climate change.

The bills would also require the state department of elementary and secondary education to provide "professional development opportunities for educators on the history and social science and science and technology frameworks."

House Bill 614 is sponsored by James K. Hawkins (D-District 2) and Danillo A. Sena (D-District 37); Senate Bill 311 is sponsored by Julian Cyr (D-Cape and Islands). Both bills were introduced on March 29, 2021, and referred to the Joint Committee on Education.

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