House Bill 5596, a bill promoted on the front page of Saturday’s Chicago Tribune is co-sponsored by Republican Steve Anderesson, who represents McHenry County in the Huntley Sun City area.
Anderson, one of the few Republican House members to support Mike Madigan’s 32% income tax increase, is not running for re-election.
Take a look at what official legislative summary of the bill:
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the School Code. With regard to the textbook block grant program, provides that the textbooks authorized to be purchased must accurately portray the diversity of our society, including the role and contributions of people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act, and must be non-discriminatory as to certain characteristics under the Act. Provides that the teaching of history of the United States in public schools shall include a study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State. Requires every public elementary school and high school to include in its curriculum a unit of instruction studying the significant role of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in society. Specifies instruction requirements. Requires the regional superintendent of schools to monitor a school district’s compliance with the curriculum requirements. Effective July 1, 2019.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
With regard to the unit of instruction studying the significant role of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in society, provides that the State Board of Education may post on its publicly accessible Internet website recommended resources and education materials (rather than may prepare and make available to all school boards instructional materials) that may be used by a school board for development of the instruction. Removes a provision providing that the regional superintendent of schools shall monitor a school district’s compliance with the curriculum requirements during his or her annual compliance visit.
A similar effort is afoot in the Illinois Senate in SB 3249.
Here is the article published by the Illinois Family Institute, republished here with permission, on the subject:
Leftist Public School Indoctrination Bill Moving Forward in Springfield
Written By Laurie Higgins | 04.13.18
The noxious Leftist “Inclusive Curriculum” bill (SB 3249 and HB 5596) created by two Chicago-based homosexual/”trans” activist organizations (i.e., Equality Illinois and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance) is moving through the Illinois Senate. The central goal of this costly and ideologically driven mandate that robs schools of local control is to use curricula in government schools to transform the way children think and feel about homosexuality and biological-sex rejection (aka as “transgenderism”).
If passed, this indoctrination bill will require that any “book or book substitute that will be used as a text or text substitute” in grades K-12 include the “role and contributions” of homosexuals and of men and women who adopt opposite-sex personas (also known deceptively as “transgender”).
In other words, all materials used in schools will be required to address the roles and contributions of people who define themselves by their disordered sexual desires and sexual behaviors.
In addition, this bill will require that “the teaching of history of the United States in public schools shall include a study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.”
This instruction shall be designed to teach that LGBT individuals have a rich history and have made substantial and valuable contributions to society, including government, arts, sciences, mathematics, sports, education, and in the economic, cultural, and political development of society. The instruction shall teach about the rich advocacy among the LGBT community and the LGBT community’s allies…. Instruction shall reinforce that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression [i.e., cross-dressing], have a right to be treated with civil, legal and human rights….
When possible, adults, including school district employees who openly identify as LGBT and other openly LGBT adults in the community that the school district may decide to consult with, should be involved in the development and delivery of this instruction at the discretion of the LGBT individuals.
There are no good reasons for teachers or textbooks to mention or discuss the sexual interests of contemporary or historical figures who have contributed something noteworthy to society. Their exceptional accomplishments should be noted, but their sexual proclivities—especially controversial sexual proclivities that many view as both immoral and destructive—have no place in public schools.
Homosexual and “trans” activists are not centrally concerned about ensuring that the accomplishments of Sally Ride, James Baldwin, and Oscar Wilde are included in curricula; they already are. Homosexual and “trans” activists from Equality Illinois and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance are centrally concerned about ensuring that students know that Ride, Baldwin and Wilde were sexually and romantically attracted to persons of the same sex. Homosexual and “trans” activists seek to transfer the good feelings children and teens have about accomplishments to homosexuality and opposite-sex impersonation. It’s a ploy to render disordered feelings and immoral actions innocent by association with accomplishment.
But the quasi-religious ontological and moral dogma of the homosexual and “trans” communities regarding biological sex, “gender,” and “gender identity” are not facts and are not neutral. They are articles of faith—arguable beliefs—that government schools have no right to propagate either explicitly or implicitly. Taxpayers should no more be forced to subsidize material based on the quasi-religious beliefs of homosexual and “trans” activists than they should be forced to subsidize material based on the beliefs of, for example, the polyamorous community.
Would any lawmaker vote in favor of mandating that schools teach about the “roles and contributions” of polyamorists and poly-activists, or the roles and contributions of other communities whose identities are constituted by what many view as disordered desires and immoral volitional activities, like “amputee-wannabes,” infantilists, zoophiles, sadomasochists, and sibling-lovers (i.e., “Genetic Sexual Attraction”)?
“LGBTQ” activists take umbrage at such comparisons, declaiming that their sexual predilections constitute an authentic identity somehow set apart from those who identify as polyamorists, amputees, or babies, to which others may respond, “Who are you to judge?”
What if children or their parents experience such desires, engage in behaviors impelled by such feelings, or identify as poly, “amputee wannabes” or “infantilists”? What if they experience unwanted “minor attraction,” “genetic sexual attraction” or zoophilia? If homosexuals and “trans”-identifying persons should be able to see their predilections represented in curricula, shouldn’t other identity groups be able to see themselves represented in curricula? Should the accomplishments of people throughout history who experienced such feelings be excluded simply because they don’t yet have a powerful lobbying group that invents language that cloaks their beliefs in the appearance of objective facts?
We all know that schools—at least for now—wouldn’t teach about the accomplishments of polyamorists, “amputee-wannabes,” sibling-lovers, zoophiles, infantilists, or sadomasochists. Even if school leaders believed the feelings of persons in these groups were powerful, persistent, and unchosen, and even if school leaders believed biochemistry influences the development of their feelings, school leaders would not allow k-12 students to be taught that an important historical figure was a polyamorist, “amputee-wannabe,” sibling-lover, zoophile, infantilist, or sadomasochist. Why is that?
The reason is not merely that no one has yet demanded that they do so. The reason is that school administrators and board members—at least for now—believe the behaviors integral to those conditions are unhealthy, disordered, and immoral and that teaching about the role and contributions of those who engage in them would serve to normalize the phenomena.
Well, here’s an inconvenient truth: many believe the same about homosexuality and the science-denying cult of biological sex-rejection. What right have arms of the government (i.e., public schools) to treat the beliefs of Leftists on those two issues—homosexuality and opposite-sex impersonation—as if they were objectively true?
“LGBTQ” activists are so invested in exploiting taxpayer-funded schools to indoctrinate other people’s children that Equality Illinois is dedicating their annual “LGBTQ Advocacy Day” to pressuring lawmakers to pass the wildly inappropriate Inclusive Curriculum bill. This Wednesday, April 11, Equality Illinois is busing their supporters to Springfield for lobbying-training and lawmaker-goading.
Take ACTION: Click HERE to send a message to both your state representative and state senator to ask them to reject this effort to politicize curricula in order to advance biased beliefs about sexuality to children in government schools.
Great news! It was about time that we recognize and make justice to our LGBTQ brothers and sisters in our history lessons. Being an average of 132 years old, of course our sunshine blogger and attack dog sunshine commenters will be outraged. Got tolerance? Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…
Don’t you love it when our sunshine blogger uses the word “force” when it comes to education issues? It does not occur to my compassionate conservative friends to use the same word when insisting on introducing prayers in our public education system. We are used to this old-fashioned, entertaining, twisted mentality. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock…
There is a war being waged for the minds and souls of your children, America.
It is an all out relentless attack on traditional family values and Christianity waged
by the Left in every area of society that they have infected from teachers unions to
politicians and beyond in an attempt to normalize all forms of perversion and thereby destroy
the very fabric and foundation of America.
They will stop at nothing in their perverted quest to overthrow and destroy America by any means and at any cost,
they must be stopped before they succeed.
Home school your kids.
I’m going way out on a limb here, but I’m guessing that these books will be chock-full of pages about the evils of McCarthyism, with not a single word written about the sexual orientation about McCarthy’s top lieutenant Roy Cohn.
Very good post by Abe.
A crazy idea by the House Members who supported this bill. However, it is highly discriminatory in singling out
certain persons for recognition and ignoring others. It says in part, “Provides that the teaching of history of the United States in public schools shall include a study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.”
It is discriminatory in that it omits, or excludes straight people from recognition. If somehow it passed in the Illinois Legislature, it would
be ultimately struck down by the Supreme Court. Good thing that the thug Hillary lost the election else she would have nominated an extreme
and very radical left winger jurist that would side with the other left wingers there such as Sotamayor and would approve this possible Illinois law.
Thank God for Trump if for no other reason that he appointed Gorsuch and will fill coming vacancies with conservative jurists.
Anderesson may claim to be a conservative Republican….he is NOT and also joined forces with Mr. Madigan to raise our taxes…good riddence!
Angel said it best.
@ honest ape, it’s time for you to pay up!
Same for all you like minded Nut Jobs who call yourselves Christian Americans.
You are 2 faced lying half breed stand for nothing wanna bees!
Most of all you deserve what’s coming to you!
A reminder to everybody that Steve Anderson was put in office by appointment of McHenry County GOP chair and Kane County GOP chairs.
So when you have left leaning chairs of your GOP what do you expect?
Amen,Abe! I didn’t even want to comment at all because this type of insanity is too stupid to even consider giving any lip service to it. I see the blind fools that do not understand the first thing about common law and God’s rules; yet they are here to shout how smart and tolerant they are. Wonder how mournfully they will shout and argue about how righteous they were while they are dancing in Hell for eternity; because they WILL be held responsible for following Satan and his minions while leading the sheep astray. Fools are fools. You can damn yourselves to Hell because God gave us all free will – but don’t you even imagine for one moment that real righteous people will ever allow you to destroy our children! I bind you Satan in the name of Jesus Christ the King!
Wow Jason! Got you granny panties in a bunch and Rant much? One would think you were bitter after losing an election.
One would think that there are good and sane and rational teachers in our State that would fight this nonsense. What do they say about this?
Teaching about the mental illness of being a boy and thinking you’re a girl and visa versa is a good thing.
This must what it’s like, cold calling lonely shut Ins every election cycle, on who their going to vote for.
This is funny stuff here.
True that we need to protect heterosexuals against the threat of discrimination, bigotry, hatred, and lack of recognition and respect…nonsense you could only find in this McHenry county sunshine blog. “Lord, protect me from your followers.” Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…
Angel, why anyone needs or wants Special Rights or Privilege . . . if you feel you deserve the attention, then you have a problem. It is not about what color you are or sexual orientation, it should be about CHARACTER. Find a new Kitty Litter Box please.
Ooooeeee I love when you wingers get all worked up about the gays!
Angel clearly a Franks thug trying to attack free speech.
Mmmmmh…people who want to protect the LGBTQ community have a problem. What usually happens with the people who attack gays mercilessly? Just asking? Perhaps some gop lawmakers can provide guidance on this. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock…
Dr Martin Luther King Jr quote:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Similarly, persons of historical significance and contributions to society need not be judged or characterized or noted by their sexual orientation.
Thank You bred winner, I think we might be making some progress, good word, when used properly. Angel I saw a movie, Friday evening on TCM, you might like it, Band of Angels with Clark Gable, great moral to the story at the end. Don’t worry, it is in color.
I love when compassionate conservatives all of the sudden express admiration for Martin Luther King, Jr. Here is another quote from our African American martyr on social justice. This time about poverty and income inequality. “God never intended for one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth, while others live in abject deadening poverty.” Compassionate conservative brothers and sisters, I am glad you are ready to join Bernie Sanders in the next presidential campaign and condemn a system who perpetuates poverty and economic exploitation in this country and around the world. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…
I love prodigious research about the great leaders in our history. Here are a couple of quotes from the newest favorite of our political science and sociology professor, Martin Luther King, Jr. This time on the favorite hobby of our government: war. “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death”. Here is another one: “I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, my own government”. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…
Uninformed and stupid people promote the nonsense about the cost of our national defense. In fact actual spending for general welfare in the U.S. (food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, abortions, lunch programs, etc) is more than 3 times the amount that is spent on national defense.
Dear political science and sociology professor: Are you calling Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. a liar? We just celebrated the 50th anniversary of his assassination and you very appropriately honored him with a quote regarding civil rights and race relations. I’m sure you are not using his quotes as punchlines, are you? Will you join me in echoing his message on economic justice and obscene income inequality in this sunshine blog? Or will you insist in your petty name calling and irresponsible parroting of Fox News and Breitbart-like misinformation? The answer is obvious. We know these republicans too well. Keep entertaining us. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…
I feel the mechanic’s of sex and the body should be taught in public schools as a matter of fact and function. On the subject of sexuality, this should be taught in the home by the parents and the family. We have all these parents who think it’s great that the schools are providing shots, eye exams, free breakfasts, and lunch but they do not realize that the price to pay for all of this is the public schools owning your kids. If you ask a Superintendent McHenry County they will tell you they own your child while that child is in their school. Parents and taxpayers this is on you for allowing cronies to be elected onto the School boards and therefore bullies to become Superintendents. This is all about the apathy of the voters.
This was also posted under the blog article for SB 3249 in the 100th GA, found here:
Mandating LGBT instruction in public schools by requiring textbooks purchased under the textbook block grant program to have LGBT history became law under a different bill.
That being, House Bill 0246 (HB 0246) was signed into law as Public Act 101-0227 (PA 101-0227) on August 9, 2019.
“The textbooks authorized to be purchased under this Section are limited without exception to textbooks that have been preapproved and designated by the State Board of Education for use in any public school and that are secular, non-religious, and non-sectarian, and non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Illinois Human Rights Act.
Textbooks authorized to be purchased under this Section must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act.
The State Board of Education shall annually publish a list of the textbooks authorized to be purchased under this Section.
Each public school district and State-recognized, non-public school shall, subject to appropriations for that purpose, receive a per pupil grant for the purchase of secular and non-discriminatory textbooks.”
“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.”
“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.”