*Connecticut on Wednesday became the first US state to require all of its high schools to provide a course on African-American, black, Puerto Rican, and Latino studies.
“Increasing the diversity of what we teach is critical to providing students with a better understanding of who we are as a society and where we are going,” said Gov. Ned Lamont, adding that the step is “long overdue.”
After signing Public Act 19-12 last year, Lamont announced Wednesday that it is now law. The legislation calls for directing all regional and local boards of education to include an elective course of studies at the high school level that provides students with a better understanding of African-American, black, Puerto Rican, and Latino contributions to US history, society, economy, and culture. Connecticut high schools may offer the course in 2021-2022, but will be required to offer it during the school year that begins in the autumn of 2022.