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Committee passes inclusive curriculum bill
2019-02-07

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The Illinois House Education School Curriculum Committee has passed the Inclusive Curriculum Bill ( SB 3249 and HB 5596 )—legislation calling for the inclusion of LGBT-related historical events and contributions in state classrooms—by a vote of 13 to seven, according to an Equality Illinois post.

The Illinois Senate passed the measure on May 2, 2018, by a vote of 34-18, with two Republican legislators crossing the aisle to vote in its favor. The legislation's chief sponsor is state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago. It was later adjourned for an indefinite period ( "session sine die" ).

Earlier this month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed similar legislation, mandating that every school in the state teach students about "the political, economic, and social contributions" of LGBTQ people and people with disabilities. That state's legislation will apply starting in the 2020-21 school year.

California was the first state to approve LGBT-inclusive materials for use in primary schools.


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