New Federal Education Legislation Includes EE!


The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind, includes important provisions to support environmental education in the nation’s classrooms and schoolyards.  Title IV of the new bill provides federal grant funding for environmental literacy programs (sounds like Project Learning Tree!) and hands-on, field-based, or service learning to enhance the understanding of science, technology, engineering and math subjects (sounds like PLT GreenSchools!).

“The inclusion of environmental education language in the Every Student Succeeds Act signifies an important step forward for teachers and school systems who know what a rich and engaging context the local environment is for learning,” said Judy Braus, Executive Director of NAAEE. “We congratulate Congressional leaders for recognizing the role that environmental education can play in providing students with a well-rounded, 21st century education and preparing them for a lifetime of success.”

Here at Colorado Project Learning Tree, we celebrate environmental education being in the national spotlight and look forward to opportunity to get our proven effective, high-quality resources into the hands of more teachers.

To read more about this exciting new opportunity to get EE and PLT into more of our nations schools, visit the North American Association for Environmental Education, Senator Jack Reed’s Office, or the White House Fact Sheet.