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Volume 2   September 2011

Maryland becomes first state with environmental literacy requirement
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Maryland: Maryland has become the first state to mandate environmental literacy requirements for all graduating students.

Public schools must now incorporate environmental lessons in their subject areas. These lessons include conservation, sustainable growth, and studies about the natural world.

“The language in the bylaw says that the environmental education has to be in place preK-12 and has to be multidisciplinary and reside within current curriculum offerings,” said Gary Hedges from Maryland's state board of education. “It’s infused into science, social studies, health, fine arts—the new Common Core mathematics and language arts [standards] even have connections to environmental literacy.”

The requirement is now in effect for 9th graders, but it later will be applied to all students in grades preK-12

Forty other states are planning environmental literacy initiatives.

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