Issue Brief: No Child Left Inside Act of 2008

The Issue

ASLA supports the legislation that would improve K-12 environmental education programs and funding.

Background & Analysis 

The No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) of 2008 provides funding to train teachers to deliver high quality Environmental Education and utilize the local environment as an extension of the classroom. NCLI also gives incentives for states to develop State Environmental Literacy Plans to insure that every student is prepared to understand the environmental challenges of the future.  With a view to integrating Environmental Education across core subject areas, NCLI encourages teachers, administrators, and school systems to make time and resources available for environmental education for all students. 


Rep. Paul Sarbanes (MD) and 64 co-sponsors

Sen. Jack Reed (RI) and 14 co-sponsors

Status & History 

House (H.R. 3036):

7/12/2007: Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

6/18/2008: Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held. See Opening Statement by Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-CA) 

6/18/2008: Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 37 - 8.

7/10/2008: Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Education and Labor. H. Rept. 110-754.

7/10/2008: Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 480.

9/18/2008: Passed in a Roll Call Vote: 293 - 109

Senate (S. 1981):

8/2/2007: Sponsor introductory remarks on measure.

8/2/2007: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


Bill Text: The No Child Left Inside Act of 2008 (HR 3036) 

Bill Text: The No Child Left Inside Act of 2007 (S 1981)

No Child Left Inside Coalition

The No Child Left Behind Act Meets the No Child Left Inside Act (LAND online)

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