CT Becomes First State to Require Black and Latino Studies Courses

December 11, 2020

Connecticut will be the first state in the nation to require all high schools to offer courses on African-American, Black, Puerto Rican, and Latino studies. High schools will be required to offer these courses by Fall 2022. 

Governor Lamont signed H.B. No. 7082 into law last year, and once the Connecticut State Board of Education unanimously approved of the curriculum, the statewide requirement could be implemented.

The stories, struggles, and successes of Black and Brown people are too complex and too important to relegate to one month.  All students, regardless of the color of their skin, will benefit from these courses. They  will play a crucial role in creating a complete picture of the American experience. 

H.B. No. 7082 was passed and signed into law thanks to the tireless work of my colleagues in the General Assembly, the State Board of Education, and countless other state officials. 

This is a groundbreaking educational achievement and I hope this implementation starts a trend in other states. 

To learn more about the curriculum, click here