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Literacy Bills in Washington State


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/05/21

There have been proposals for an establishment of a comprehensive educational system adjunct for climate science literacy. It is a duo of bills entitled House Bill 1496 and Senate Bill 5576.

Unfortunately, both did not pass in the committee at the time of the adjournment of the legislature on April 29, 2019. This does not bode well for climate science education at a crucial or critical time of the need to have an educated population to make informed decisions on the matter.

As reported by the NCSE, “Affirming that ‘knowledge, skills, and opportunities in science literacy, emphasizing climate science, should be increased for all students in Washington.”

Bill 1496 and Bill 5576 proposed a change in the referencing of the environment” into “environmental and sustainability standards.” This would place a novel emphasis on sustainability standards.

However, this was rejected. With the bills, we can find a further proposal, rather progressive, to construct a grant program for nonprofit community-based organizations.

In addition, this would mean the extended proposal of “educational service districts to provide teacher training in the Next Generation Science Standards.”

Bill 1496 did not get a hearing. Bill 5576 was approved through the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education. This — 5576 — was passed to the Senate Ways and Means Committee to no avail.


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