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February 04, 2019

New Jersey is second state to require public schools to teach LGBTQ history

California first passed similar law in 2011

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06292018_phil_murphy_USAT Chris Pedota/NorthJersey.com/via USA TODAY NETWORK

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during a news conference as he talks about the budget impasse on Thursday, June 28, in Trenton.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill on Thursday that will require schools to teach LGBTQ history in the classroom. 

Lessons about LBGTQ individuals who contributed to society politically, economically and socially will be required learning in public schools, starting in the 2020 school year. The bill also requires people with disabilities to be included in curricula.

The bill will not apply to private schools.


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Instructors will adjust their social studies lessons for both high school and middle school students when applicable. CNN reported that the state hopes to have official textbooks updated by 2020, however online materials could be used this school year.

Murphy called the move a step toward inclusion and officials are hailing it as a way for students to get a fuller picture of American history.

California was the first state to implement a similar law back in 2011. All textbooks were updated in the state in 2015.


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