A second Climate Literacy Trust Fund bill in Massachusetts

Massachusets State House.

Massachusetts's Senate Bill 2668, described as a new draft of a previous bill, Senate Bill 260, seeking to support climate change education, was introduced and passed by the Joint Committee on Education on April 1, 2024.

If enacted, the bill would establish the Interdisciplinary Climate Literacy Trust Fund, which would support interdisciplinary climate education in the state, prioritizing underserved communities and communities that are disproportionately affected by climate change.

The bill would also authorize local school districts to implement interdisciplinary climate literacy plans. Guidelines for the development and implementation of such plans would be provided by an Interdisciplinary Climate Literacy Advisory Council.

Senate Bill 2668 is identical to House Bill 4419, which replaced House Bills 470, 491, 496, 504, 576, and 3387 as well as Senate Bill 260, but its text is closest to that of House Bill 470. Senate Bill 2668 is now with the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.