Rhode Island becomes fourth state to require Asian American history in schools

Rhode Island is joining a growing list of states mandating that Asian American and Pacific Islander history be taught in public schools. Gov.

Rhode Island is joining a growing list of states mandating that Asian American and Pacific Islander history be taught in public schools.

Gov. Dan McKee, a Democrat, signed the legislation over the weekend, which will go into effect for the 2023-2024 school year. It requires elementary and secondary schools to teach at least a unit of instruction on the history and culture of Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Under this new curriculum, students will learn more about the populations’ fight for civil rights and their contributions to the region and the U.S.

McKee said he hopes the legislation can help call attention to the achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

“Rhode Island’s strength is in its diversity,” McKee said in a statement Saturday. “This important legislation will do so much to highlight the rich history and heritage of the Asian American community and the positive impact they've had on our state and country.”

Connecticut and New Jersey enacted similar laws earlier this year to highlight the contributions of Asian Americans. Last year, Illinois became the first state to enact this type of legislation.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/rhode-island-becomes-fourth-state-require-asian-american-history-schoo-rcna46720


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