We propose a two-pronged solution. First, schools must be given more encouragement and flexibility to develop and deliver environmental education programs in science, math, language arts, and other curricular areas. Second, the federal government must increase funding for environmental education. The funding should be targeted to teacher training, classroom and field education programs, research and assessment, and strategic initiatives to advance the field.
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The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act does not mention environmental education. Thanks to the growing momentum created by people around the country, the 2007 draft reauthorization of NCLB dedicates 14 pages to EE, including two new grant programs to support teaching and learning about the environment. (pages 121-134 Miller-McKeon draft (pdf)) For more information, visit the House Education & and Labor Committee's website.