The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week to create new grant programs to support environmental education.
The bill—named the No Child Left Inside Act—would authorize federal money to given to the states to create plans explaining how their students will learn about environmental issues and to prepare teachers to teach about such issues.
“This initiative will give children opportunities outside the classroom to learn how to become our next environmental leaders,” Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement.
The House passed the bill, 293-109, on Sept. 19. But it is unlikely to become law this year. Congress is expected to adjourn for the year at the end of this week.
A version of this article appeared in the September 24, 2008 edition of Education Week