Beginning in the fall of 2022, Connecticut will implement a rule that will require high schools to offer a special course on the history and impact of African Americans and Latinos. This would make Connecticut the first state in the nation with such a program.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont confirmed the signing of the new Public Act 19-12 rule Wednesday. The law requires high schools to “include an elective course of study at the high school level that gives students a better understanding of the contributions of African Americans, and Hispanics, to the history, society, economy and culture of the United States,” according to a news release.
School districts across the country are paying more attention to diversifying curricula as communities assess what parts of history are being left out. There is a movement to increase the number of schools that teach African American history, and it is led by teens.
“Adding this course to our high schools will be a tremendous benefit to students of all backgrounds because everyone can benefit from this research,” Lamont said.