House OKs Requiring High School Courses On Black, Puerto Rican, Latino Histories

May 23, 2019

The House of Representatives approved legislation for including African-American, Puerto Rican and Latino studies in the public high school curriculum.

The legislation received strong support from the state Department of Education, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, advocacy organizations and students across Connecticut.

House Bill 7082 requires Connecticut’s boards of education to start offering the studies into the curriculum beginning Jan. 1, 2021, but does not mandate that students take the courses.

The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.