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Asian-American history bill passes Illinois House

Illinois students would get a stronger education on Asian American history under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, D-Glenview.

Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz.

Illinois students would get a stronger education on Asian American history under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, D-Glenview.

The bill passed the Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday.

“Asian Americans have played a significant part in our country’s history, but for decades those experiences have been neglected in American education. It’s time to correct that oversight,” Gong-Gershowitz said in a statement.

“The Asian American community and all of our children deserve better from schools than an incomplete curriculum that represents a skewed version of America. I’m grateful for my colleagues for standing with me on the importance of this issue.”

The Teaching Equitable Asian American History, or TEAACH, Act was approved in the House with bipartisan support. The bill would require that every public elementary and high school include a unit of instruction on Asian American history in their curriculums.

“We have an opportunity to begin to correct an issue our education system has overlooked for too long,” Gong-Gershowitz said. “Ensuring our children get an accurate education is a priority for me, especially in a time where we are seeing an unprecedented amount of violence against Asian Americans across our country.”

The legislation now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

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