Rep. Draxler’s bill passes, schools may teach about energy industry

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah students could learn about energy development and mining under a bill passed by the House.Republican Rep. Jack Draxler of North Logan says House Bill 25 would balance conservation lessons already taught in schools.The bill passed Tuesday on a vote of 54 to 19.Draxler says students should learn about the contribution of Utah’s oil, gas and coal industries.Teachers would be encouraged to include the lessons, but the bill does not change the required state curriculum.Surpluses in a fund used for reclaiming oil wells would pay for the program’s development.Democratic Rep. Carol Spackman Moss of Holladay says the program would further burden Utah’s schools, even if it’s not required.

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