Climate change education legislation over in Connecticut

06.07.2019

The attempt to require the teaching of climate change in Connecticut's public schools by law ended — for now — when the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned sine die on June 5, 2019, with House Bill 7083 unpassed by the Senate.

The requirement was originally proposed in HB 5011, introduced by Christine Palm (D-District 36), which died in committee. It was subsequently incorporated in HB 7352 (which died in committee), in a proposed but rejected amendment to HB 7113, and in HB 7083, which passed the House before dying in the Senate.

Connecticut would have become the first state to require the teaching of climate change in its public schools by law, not simply through its state science standards, if any of these measures had been enacted.