Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Maryland Environmental Literacy Requirement

On June 21, 2011, Maryland's State Board of Education provided specific guidance to its public schools to require that each student be environmentally literate before he or she graduates from high school.

Maryland is now the first state in the USA to approve a graduation requirement in environmental literacy. The state school board vote clarifies for schools that each child must receive a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary environmental education that meets the approval of the State Superintendent of Schools.

Maryland' strong environmental literacy stance could potentially reap the state federal funding. Draft legislation known as the No Child Left Inside Act is expected to be reintroduced in Congress. The Act is said to contain provisions that might provide federal funding for environmental literacy programs.

source: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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