Governor Phil Scott signed a bill Friday relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools.
H.3 was the first bill sent to Gov. Scott to sign, this session.
In late January, LOCAL 22 & LOCAL 44 reported the Vermont house passed a bill hoping to diversify what is being taught in schools.
It would require an ethnic studies curriculum in elementary and high schools.
That coursework would include people from varying ethnic or social backgrounds, and their contributions to society.
Advocates say many history textbooks have gaps in the information they offer. Supporters said it would bring more inclusiveness to the classroom.
Rep. Kevin “Coach“ Christie previously told us, “What happened in 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the usual response from folks is, I don’t know. But it was one of the most racially charged massacres that occurred on U.S. soil.“
“To include marginalized groups in history is what should be taught, and right now that is excluded,“ Brenda Churchill, LGBTQIA Alliance of Vermont said.
According to the Governor’s office, this bill highlights the value of educating kids on the experiences of all Vermonters and Americans.