A seventh bill supporting climate change education in New York

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New York's Senate Bill 5661 would, if enacted, "require climate change instruction within the current established science curriculum for grades one through twelve in all public schools." Correspondingly, school authorities would be required to support such instruction. Introduced by James Sanders Jr. (D-District 10), on March 13, 2023, the bill was referred to the Senate Education Committee.

Senate Bill 5661 joins six previously introduced bills active in the New York legislature supporting climate change education: Assembly Bill 851, Assembly Bill 1559, Assembly Bill 1866, Senate Bill 243, Senate Bill 278, and Senate Bill 287. The bill is identical to Senate Bill 564 from the 2021-2022 legislative session and Senate Bill 7676 from the 2019-2020 legislative session, both of which ultimately died in committee.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.