Climate Change Education Law in Virginia

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Virginia House Bill

Virginia House Bill 1088, introduced on January 10, 2024, by Betsy B. Prefiled by Carr (D-District 78), if enacted, would require the State Board of Education to assist local school boards with instructional materials on climate change and environmental literacy.

Specifically, the Board would be required to “Make available to each local school board instructional materials on climate change and environmental literacy that are based on and incorporate peer-reviewed scientific sources” and “develop, adopt, and make available to each local school board a model” Will also be required. “School Board Model Policies and Procedures Relating to the Selection of Instructional Materials on Climate Change and Environmental Literacy.”

The treatment of climate change in Virginia’s state science standards is included in the “Making the Grade?” Received an F grade in. study in 2020, but state officials told the Virginia Mercury (October 13, 2020) that climate change is discussed further in related curriculum frameworks.

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