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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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Gov. Phil Murphy marijuana leagalization Chris Pedota/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, seen above in a file photo, has been an advocate for the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey since taking office in 2017. On Monday, March 25, 2019, he and other Democrats canceled a schedule vote by the New Jersey Senate and Assembly on a bill to legalize pot after the Democrats could not secure the votes for the bill to pass. It is uncertain when the bill could be considered again.

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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