Illinois House passes bill mandating Asian-American history in schools
April 16, 2021
The Illinois lower house passed a bill on Wednesday requiring public schools to teach Asian-American history, setting the stage for possible adoption of milestone legislation amid rising incidents of violence against people of Asian descent.
The bill, which would mandate the teaching of a unit of Asian-American history in public elementary and high schools starting in the 2022-2023 school year, passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives by a vote of 98 to 13.
"Asian Americans are a part of the American fabric but we are often invisible," said state representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, a Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill. "Empathy comes from understanding. We cannot do better unless we know better."