This just in from Don Baugh, CBF's Vice President for Education:
In a major victory for our young people, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a landmark bill yesterday to support environmental education.
The bi-partisan vote of 293 to 109 for the No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Act is a show of support by the House of Representatives for the importance of outdoor education and environmental literacy.
This is a major victory for our nation's environment and for the Bay. While this is an interim step towards our final goal of getting the No Child Left Inside Act embedded into the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB) when reauthorized next year, it is indeed an historic moment. Here are the firsts:
1) First time Congress voted in 18 years on environmental education
2) First time Congress voted in 27 years for the US Department of Education to be involved in environmental education
3) First time Congress voted for environmental literacy plans, that will be the road map for graduating environmentally literate students.
4) First time Congress voted for an environmental education program whose signature is getting students outside involved in field investigations, integrated into the classroom
The Bay will benefit immediately from this vote yesterday, as a symbolic message was sent that the federal government expects that environmental education to be embedded into the formal education, including field investigations, of every student in the nation. This is a signal to our school systems, principals, and teachers.
A huge thanks to everyone out there who contacted their legislators and urged them to vote "Yes!"