Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD) reintroduced the “No Child Left Inside Act of 2009” on 22 April 2009. The legislation, HR. 2054, would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to prepare students for the workforce of the 21st century and to combat “nature-deficit disorder.” If enacted, the legislation would authorize grants for the development of state environmental literacy plans, for professional development for teachers, and for implementing environmental education programs. HR. 2054 had 43 cosponsors in the House of Representatives as of 27 April 2009. The “No Child Left Inside Act” had passed the House of Representatives last September but was never acted upon by the Senate. Because the legislation did not pass both chambers in the 110th Congress, it must once again work its way through the House and Senate in the current Congress.
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