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No Child Left Inside Act
Detail: The No Child Left Inside Act, a pioneering bill that would devote more federal dollars towards environmental education and thus enable high-quality outdoor and environmental instruction, passed in the House of Representatives on September 19, 2008. The bill, sponsored by Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD), would provide $500 million in federal dollars over the next five years to enhance environmental education programs in public elementary, middle, and high schools.

The organizers of the bill hope the increasing environmental literacy gap, prompted by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which in investing more resources in math and language arts reduced the amount of environmental education taking place in K-12 classrooms, can be remedied through this new bill.

The new multi-million dollar allocation under the No Child Left Inside Act would go towards a number of environment-centric programs such as funding for teacher training to deliver high quality Environmental Education while utilizing the local environment as an extension of the classroom; incentives for states to develop State Environmental Literacy Plans to insure that every student is prepared to understand the environmental challenges of the future; encouragement for teachers, administrators, and school systems to make time and resources available for environmental education for all students; integration of Environmental Education across core subject areas.
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Date: September 22 2008