Here’s a bill that has passed the Illinois Senate last week.
Now it is sent to the House for consideration.
Read what your State Senators saw, if they only read a summary of the bill:
Amends the School Code. With regard to the textbook block grant program, provides that the textbooks authorized to be purchased must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act and must be non-discriminatory as to all of the characteristics under the Act. Provides that, in public schools only, the teaching of history of the United States shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State. Effective July 1, 2019.
Looking on page 4 of Senate Amendment 2, however, shows how deep the teaching must go.
In public schools only, the teaching of history shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State. The teaching of history also shall include a study of the role of labor unions and their interaction with government in achieving the goals of a mixed free enterprise system. No pupils shall be graduated from the eighth grade of any public school unless he or she has received such instruction in the history of the United States and gives evidence of having a comprehensive knowledge thereof.
The bill passed 34-18 and now will be considered by the Illinois House.
Here is the roll call: