[Blackstudies-l] New law in Illinois on mandating the study of Black History

Justin Behrend behrend at geneseo.edu
Sat Dec 29 09:27:00 EST 2018


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From: McWorter, Gerald Arthur <mcworter at illinois.edu>
Date: Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 10:37 AM
Subject: New law in Illinois on mandating the study of Black History

Just became law

*Synopsis *
Amends the School Code and various Acts relating to the governance of
public universities and community colleges in Illinois. With respect to the
requirement that the events of Black History be taught in every public
elementary school and high school, provides that a student may not complete
the 8th grade or graduate from high school without studying this material
and that a school may meet this requirement through an online program or
course. Requires every public institution of higher education and community
college to offer a course studying the events of Black History. Allows
public institutions of higher education and community colleges to meet the
requirement by offering an online course.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
<http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=10000HB4346ham001&GA=100&LegID=109012&SessionId=91&SpecSess=0&DocTypeId=HB&DocNum=4346&GAID=14&Session=>
Removes a provision providing that a student may not complete 8th grade or
graduate from high school without studying material on the events of Black
History.

*Full law*:
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=100-0634


-- 
Justin Behrend, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair, History
SUNY Geneseo
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