OLR Bill Analysis

SB 345

AN ACT CONCERNING CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION IN CONNECTICUT SCHOOLS.

SUMMARY

This bill expands the list of subjects public schools must offer to include climate change that is consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards. The bill also requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to be available to boards of education to develop climate change curriculum.

The Next Generation Science Standards are K-12 research-based science content standards. The standard's foundational document provides that climate changes are significant and persistent changes in the average or extreme weather conditions of an area (National Research Council. 2012. A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, Washington, DC: The National Academies Press). The Connecticut State Board of Education adopted the standards in 2015 with the intent of implementing them over a five-year period.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

17

Nay

13

(03/22/2018)