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Illinois House passes bill mandating Asian-American history in schools


April 16, 2021

An exterior view shows a school in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., January 27, 2021. REUTERS/Eileen Meslar/File Photo

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."


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