Ohio could join the list of states that require public schools to teach Asian American and Pacific Islander history.
According to KXXV, Ohio lawmakers introduced House Bill 171 last week. The bill would require K-12 public schools to include AAPI studies into their curriculum as well as lessons on “the migration journeys, experiences, and societal contributions of a range of communities in Ohio and the United States.”
The bill has 13 co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats. According to WOSU Public Media, the bill was created from grassroots efforts led by the Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership.
“Especially since Ohio’s population has been growing and changing so much over the past few decades, we want to make sure that specific communities are mentioned is this model curriculum,” Tessa Xuan, OPAWL’s co-director, told WOSU Public Media.
Flordia recently passed a bill requiring public schools to teach AAPI history, making them one of 20 states to do so.
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