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Governor O’Malley Joined 15 Other Governors Urging U.S. Department Of Education To Support No Child Left Inside

Annapolis, Md. (December 11, 2009) – Fifteen governors from as far away as the Virgin Islands joined Governor Martin O’Malley in asking U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to include No Child Left Inside initiatives in elementary and secondary education. The governors signed a letter to the Secretary urging the him to include No Child Left Inside initiatives in federal school policy, as well as support No Child Left Inside legislation, which would provide funding to states to expand environmental education in public school.

“We have worked hard to ensure that children of hard-working Maryland families will experience and learn about their natural world through Maryland’s Partnership for Children in Nature,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “I am now pleased to have other Governors stand with me to ensure children across the country enjoy the same opportunities.”

Governor O’Malley has already incorporated No Child Left Inside initiatives into Maryland policy through the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature by Executive Order in April 2008. Co-chaired by State Schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick and Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin, Governor O’Malley created a partnership which recently released its environmental literacy plan for Maryland students, and has a goal of increasing opportunities for structured outdoor learning in State Parks and conservation lands, and enhancing school and community natural areas to enable more play and learning outdoors.

   December 11, 2009

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