No Child Left Inside Act (H.R. 2053) will be reintroduced July 14


July 11, 2011

To learn about what you can do to support their efforts, please join a "No Child Left Inside" Conference Call with Mr. Reed and Mr. Sarbanes on Tuesday July 19 at 3:00pm EST. Dial-in: 712-432-3066 - Passcode: 354022 - You may submit questions you would like the Senator and Congressman to address by emailing sbodor@cbf.org before 8:00pm EST on Monday July 18.

Sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland and Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) is designed to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) to include environmental education for the first time in Federal history.

You can encourage your local media outlets to cover the bill introduction and locally effective environmental education programs by customizing the attached press release template to your organization and region. Senator Reed and Congressman Sarbanes continue to demonstrate tremendous vision in championing this critical and historic legislation. We are grateful to them for all that they are doing to make environmental education an integral part of every American child’s education. Once again, many members of Congress have agreed to co-sponsor the NCLI Act, including Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), whose leadership provides a critical bipartisan boost.

Spearheaded by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a national coalition of over 2,000 business, health, youth, faith, recreational, environmental, and educational groups representing over 50 million Americans is working to support NCLI.

If Congress adopts the NCLI proposals, a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act will include:

In early 2010 leadership from the House Education and Labor Committee issued a bipartisan statement last month reflecting their commitment to amending and improving ESEA this year. They flagged NCLI on their website as a key bill up for consideration and at that time invited organizations and agencies to submit comments on NCLI and other legislation related to ESEA by March 26, 2010.

About The No Child Left Inside Act

From No Child Left Inside Coalition

The No Child Left Inside Act is critical to providing our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be ready for college and the tremendous career opportunities developing as America transitions to a green economy. Enhancing students' environmental literacy is a proven way to expand the academic pipeline for STEM subjects and is increasingly seen as an innovative way to give students the sense of wonder and excitement so essential to encouraging scientific inquiry. Environmental education has been shown to improve student achievement across core subject areas and increase engagement in learning. What's more, getting kids outside and active promotes a healthy lifestyle that is essential to fighting obesity and reducing symptoms associated with attention deficit disorder, depression, and stress.

We are grateful that the Committee approved a modified version of the NCLI Act during the 110thCongress and are hopeful that you will include the provisions of the current NCLI bill in ESEA this year. Leaving it out of ESEA would be a missed opportunity to improve education while helping to systemically address other national priorities of a strengthened economy, a competitive workforce, and a healthier nation.

No Child Left Inside website: http://www.cbf.org/page.aspx?pid=687

Senator John Sarbanes Blog Post: http://www.sarbanes.house.gov/release_details.asp?id=261

 

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