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A02325 Summary:

MLTSPNSRAbbate, Colton, Cook, Dickens, Epstein, Galef, Glick, Hevesi, Sayegh
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Establishes a model environmental curriculum in all public elementary and secondary schools which shall include various principles and concepts including environmental justice.
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A02325 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a model environmental curriculum in all elementary and secondary schools   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill will require the commissioner of education to develop a model climate change climate change curriculum. All public elementary and secondary schools will be required to incorporate the model climate change curriculum to be taught as part of science, social studies, history, and health classes.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Requires the commissioner to create a model climate change curriculum that will include, but not my limited to, topics of air qual- ity, climate change, energy, environmental justice, sustainability, fishing and wildlife, forestry; oceans, pollution prevention, public health, water and toxics and chemicals. The environmental curricula will be incorporated into other course standards subjects and taught in English, Science, History, Social Studies and Health. The commissioner will make the model curriculum available to the public, and provide technical assistance for schools to incorporate it into their instruc- tion. The commissioner will Update the model curriculum every four years to reflect current understanding in scientific, social and technical knowledge.   JUSTIFICATION: Climate change is the existential threat of our time and will increas- ingly impact every facet of society and the physical environment. Rising temperatures, high levels of pollution, and climate-related storms and catastrophes lead to property damage, loss of life, and a growing public health crisis. No group is more. likely to bear the brunt of climate change than young people. It is critical to ensure that we are investing our best thinking into solutions to the climate crisis, by ensuring that future-leaders are educated in-: the science and social/historical causes of climate change, and how they will affect society and communi- ties. This legislation requires that New York schools incorporate aspects of climate change education in almost every subject matter and every grade level, including science, history, social studies and English and literature. Today's students will be tomorrow's future lead- ers tasked with addressing the global climate crisis, so ensuring they have a comprehensive education on the issue should be a key priority for the public school system.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-20: A.9886 Simon - referred to education   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
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