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Teaching climate change

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2020 file photo, a Monarch butterfly pauses in a field of Goldenrod at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. In scientific papers released Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, scientists say they worry that the world is losing about 1% or 2% of its insects each year to climate change, insecticides, herbicide, land use changes, invasive species and light pollution. Monarch butterflies are among well known species that best illustrate insect problems and declines, according to University of Connecticut entomologist David Wagner, lead author in the special package of studies written by 56 scientists from around the globe. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2020 file photo, a Monarch butterfly pauses in a field of Goldenrod at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. In scientific papers released Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, scientists say they worry that the world is losing about 1% or 2% of its insects each year to climate change, insecticides, herbicide, land use changes, invasive species and light pollution. Monarch butterflies are among well known species that best illustrate insect problems and declines, according to University of Connecticut entomologist David Wagner, lead author in the special package of studies written by 56 scientists from around the globe. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Connecticut has a mandate to teach Climate Change in schools.

When Lawmakers voted to approve this year’s budget, tucked inside the spending package was a bill to make sure Climate Change is part of the science curriculum.

It was the result of a years-long push to make sure Connecticut students learn about the issue.

But nearly 90% of schools in the state already teach the topic. The mandate will impact a small number of schools.

So is this new law really necessary?

Christine Palm, Connecticut State Representative from Chester

Adrian Huq, a Tufts University student and youth organizer with New Haven Climate Movement

Frances Rabinowitz, Executive Director Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents

Patrick Skahill, Senior Reporter, Connecticut Public

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