Last month a study was released by the Secretaries of Education and Natural Resources that made recommendations for advancing environmental literacy in our state. One of the most compelling recommendations is to create two new positions to coordinate environmental education in Virginia. This would partially replace the four positions that were cut when the Virginia Office of Environmental Education was closed last year.
In his outgoing proposed budget, Governor McAuliffe added a line to support the creation of these two positions – budget item #128(I). Funding these positions is a critical step in making environmental literacy a priority in our state. These positions would serve as a “clearing house” for environmental education, providing professional development for teachers and administrators, serving as a liaison between schools and non-formal educators (like your friendly FOR education team!), maintaining a portal for lesson plans, project ideas, etc. and much more!
Let’s support this budget item! With the new administration, we have a real chance of becoming leaders in the Bay region in environmental education! If this is important to you, call your state representative! Also consider joining the Virginia No Child Left Inside Coalition.
By Daria Christian, FOR Assistant and Education Director