Bi-Partisanship Hits Capitol Hill – Thanks to Environmental Education!
Today the bi-partisan No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) (S.1372 and H.R. 2547) was introduced by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD). The NCLI Act will provide states with incentives to create environmental literacy plans. Historically, this legislation has been overwhelmingly bi-partisan passing the House back in 2008 with 68 Republicans voting in favor of the measure. As the Elementary and Secondary Education Act works its way through the House and Senate for reauthorization we have been busy working with the NCLI Coalition on Capitol Hill educating Members of the importance of environmental literacy for our future success in the 21st Century. Currently there are over 40 states that are in various stages of working on environmental literacy plans and the introduction of NCLI helps to fuel the momentum. NCLI will help put environmental education back in our nation’s classrooms and provide our future workforce with the environmental foundation they need today, to address the environmentally-based economic problems of tomorrow!