New Law Requires New Jersey Public Schools To Teach LGBT History

The measure was modeled after a similar law that passed in California in 2011.

New Jersey boards of education must adopt instruction that accurately portrays “the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, where appropriate,” according to the text of the law. Murphy said he was “honored” to sign a bill that will make teaching “about the rich contributions and accomplishments of our LGBTQ community and those with disabilities” mandatory.

 

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/CNN) — A new law will require public middle and highs schools in New Jersey to teach LGBT history. Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill into law on Jan. 31, becoming the second state in the nation to require LGBT and disability-inclusive teachings.

The measure was modeled after a similar law that passed in California in 2011.

New Jersey boards of education must adopt instruction that accurately portrays “the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, where appropriate,” according to the text of the law.

Murphy said he was “honored” to sign a bill that will make teaching “about the rich contributions and accomplishments of our LGBTQ community and those with disabilities” mandatory.

“The Governor believes that ensuring students learn about diverse histories will help build more tolerant communities and strengthen educational outcomes,” Murphy’s office said in a statement.

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