Environmental Education Gains Ground Under Every Student Succeeds Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as Every Student Succeeds Act, was passed by Congress and is en route to the President’s desk for signature. The Act is the federal government’s most significant education legislation, providing some $40 billion a year to support K-12 education in the United States. Replacing the No Child Left Behind Act that has been in place since 2001, the Every Student Succeeds Act includes new provisions that support student learning about the environment, conservation and field studies:

  • Congress supports the basic idea that environmental literacy and conservation education should be included as a part of a well-rounded education for any student.
  • Congress encourages the enrichment of After School programming with environmental and conservation education, and
  • Congress supports more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education highlighting the desirability of field study and service learning both of which are solid engagements of environmental and conservation education approaches.
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