A clarification about Connecticut's climate change education bill

05.14.2018

Connecticut's Senate Bill 345, addressing climate change education in the state's public schools, died when the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 10, 2018, as NCSE previously reported. But it turns out that its provisions were previously included in a different environment-related bill, House Bill 5360. As amended, HB 5360 passed the House on a 109-41 vote on May 8, 2018, and the Senate on a 36-0 vote on May 9, 2018. 

Like the version of SB 345 passed by the Senate, HB 5360 allows, rather than requires, the teaching of "climate change consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards" as part of the science curriculum in the public schools, while requiring the state board of education and the state department of energy and environmental protection to help local and regional school districts to do so.