The state Senate on Thursday gave final passage to a bill that would require public school districts in New Jersey to teach diversity and inclusion.
Under the bill (S2781) which passed, 26-13, the instruction will be taught to students grades kindergarten through 12th starting in the 2021-22 school year.
The bill would ensure students “examine the impact that unconscious bias and economic disparities have at both an individual level and on society as a whole,” it states.
It also “encourages safe, welcoming, and inclusive environments for all students regardless of race or ethnicity, sexual and gender identities, mental and physical disabilities, and religious beliefs.”
Lessons will include topics related to economic diversity, equity, inclusion, tolerance; gender and sexual orientation; race and ethnicity; and religious tolerance, according to the bill.
Submitted: Dec 18, 2020