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Now is the time for environmental educators to reach out to school district administrators about using applicable funds in the Every Student Succeeds Act for EE. States will receive their federal funds by July 1, and school districts will be submitting their plans for using ESSA funds over the next few weeks and months.

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NAAEE is pleased to announce that the search for the 2018 EE 30 Under 30 is now open (May 1 - June 11, 2018)! In partnership with the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP), and U.S. Forest Service, the EE 30 Under 30 program is searching for individuals from around the world, 30 years of age or younger, who are leaders in their communities creating change through environmental education.

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Here’s some great news and an important Climate Literacy and NGSS milestone in Washington state! With the signing of ESSB 6032, Washington advances to leading the nation in K-12 climate literacy having become the first state in the country to dedicate significant support for climate education. It is also the largest general fund allocation for climate education ever included in a Governor’s budget and approved by a state legislature. [Note: California’s state allocation of about $11million is the highest ever for environmental education.]

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While Congressional appropriations still are not finalized for FY 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017-Sept. 30, 2018), we generally know the contours of our challenges and work ahead in 2018. We offer this update on where things stand as we enter the new year and how you can get involved in making 2018 a successful year for EE. Please share this update--and in particular, information about our upcoming 2018 EE Advocacy kick-off call--with your networks.