Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Geography Education Hearing

The Joint Committee on Education will be considering Senate Bill 182, a measure that promotes geography education in Massachusetts. As written, the bill would reinstate geography licensure, require geography at all grade levels, add geography to MCAS, and add geographers to the committee that oversees social studies education.

A public hearing on a suite of 26 education bills will be held in Room A-2 at the State House on Tuesday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. SB 182 is item #25 on this busy agenda, so although it is important to show up, most of us will not have an opportunity to speak during the hearing. If you are attending the hearing with prepared remarks, please bring 15 copies, which MGA leaders will put into folders for the committee.

Facebook users may wish to use our hearing invitation to encourage friends and colleagues to attend. Since EarthView (our 20-foot, inflatable globe) was instrumental in fostering this legislation, we encourage supporters to bring more modest-sized globes to the hearing.

Whether you can attend the hearing or not, please contact your legislator and/or Joint Committee members to let them know your thoughts on this legislation.

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