On September 18, 2008, the House passed the No Child Left Inside Act by a vote of 293-109 (Roll Call 614
). The bill will now go to the Senate, although it is unclear if they will her time to consider this bill before they adjourn for the fall recess.
September 17, 2008
No Child Left Inside is the "green" version of No Child Left Behind.
This Thursday, September 18th, the House will vote on yet another education bill that will further increase Washington bureaucrats' control over public education. Sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), the No Child Left Inside Act
(H.R. 3036), would reauthorize the National Environmental Education Act of 1990 (NEEA), as well as create a new grant program at the Department of Education for the purpose of expanding K-12 environmental education. Not only does the bill increase federal spending for the NEEA by $5 million, but the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates
that H.R. 3036 will increase discretionary spending by $24 million over the next 3 years.
At a time when American students are falling behind other developed nations in math and science, the last thing Congress should do is mandate increased teaching of politically charged, unscientific opinion over traditional academic subjects. This bill stipulates that in order for an organization or school to continue to receive funds under the grant program, it must submit an annual report describing, for instance, how it successfully prepared children to understand and address major challenges facing the United States such as increasing the supply of clean energy, climate change, and environmental disasters, just to name a few.
Tell your Representative to vote against H.R. 3036 for the following reasons:
• Fosters environmental education in every academic subject. It gives states and schools federal grants to conduct "environmental education" programs within existing classes. This means that teachers are given financial incentives to conduct "environmental activities," such as planting a tree, during history or math class.
• Squanders more American taxpayer dollars to promote teaching "environmental justice," to promote composting and recycling programs in school, as well as "improved self-esteem."
• Promotes government and school-controlled "community involvement" among students.
• Does not assure that what is taught to students is rigorous and scientific, or objective, neutral, non-ideological, and free of partisan political influence.
It is not the role of the federal government and the schools to decide what constitutes adequate self-esteem or to determine how children will be in involved in their communities. This bill is an unnecessary expansion of federal education policy. The National Environmental Education Act of 1990 already requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide leadership to "increase environmental literacy" and mandates that the EPA make environmental education in schools a priority. The NEEA even provides for grants for such things as developing environmental curricula and training teachers. Since 1992, the EPA has awarded $40.6 million in grants for nearly 3,200 environmental projects in every U.S. state and territory.
H.R. 3036 is yet another legislative attempt by this congress to promote leftist environmental dogma as scientific, uncontested fact.
This bill could be voted on as early as 10:00am on Thursday morning, September 18th.
Call your Representatives today and tell them to vote NO on No Child Left Inside!