State Senator Wants Climate Change Taught In Schools

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Democrat Joe Simitian says his bill would require climate change be part of the curriculum in the state’s schools. “All the bill does is say that sometime between kindergarten and 12th grade, our kids are exposed to the science behind climate change. I thought it was pretty modest. I’ve been surprised at how much dust this has kicked up.” Simitian says the specifics are left up to the State Board of Education and the Department of Education. Republicans have come out against the measure. In a statement, G-O-P Senator Tom McClintock said he couldn’t support it because there was no requirement that the global warming curriculum be science-based and balanced. The bill passed the Senate on a party-line vote. It’s now in the Assemby.