New Jersey became the first state to incorporate climate change into K-12 curriculum standards at the start of the 2022-23 school year. The State Board of Education first announced that it would adopt the new curriculum standards in June 2020, after changes to the curriculum were initiated by New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy. The updated standards aim to “prepare students to understand how and why climate change is happening and its impact on our local and global communities, and to act in an informed and sustainable way.”
The state board is responsible for updating state curriculum standards every five years. The board sets required program standards that local districts must meet and provides recommendations to help local districts implement the program. New Jersey school districts can find resources for teaching about climate change on the New Jersey Climate Education website.
Gov. Phil Murphy (D) wrote on Twitter on Sept. 6, 2022, “Our children are our future, and the lessons New Jersey students will learn with this new program will bring us one step closer to building our green economy and achieving and sustaining 100% clean energy by 2050.