Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law legislation that requires all state-recognized public schools to include in their curriculum the study of historic contributions that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community have made for the state and the country.
The law mandates that “Each public school district and state-recognized, non-public school shall, subject to appropriations for that purpose, receive a per pupil grant for the purchase of secular and non-discriminatory textbooks.” The state’s Board of Education will publish an annual list of “approved textbooks.”
One of the main supporters of the bill, State Sen. Heather Steans (D), said the reason for the bill is because “one of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints.” . . .
“It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment,” she continued. “LGBTQ children and teenagers will also be able to gain new role models who share life experiences with them.”
While the LGBT curriculum is limited only to public schools, the bill also mandates that private and Catholic schools expand their history lessons to include “a study of the role of labor unions and their interaction with government in achieving the goals of a mixed free enterprise system.” It also requires the teaching of contributions from numerous ethnic and immigrant groups. (Read more from “New Law Requires LGBT History to Be Taught in Schools” HERE)