. ‘A watershed moment’: Illinois becomes first state to mandate Asian American history in public schools « JO LEE MAGAZINE

USA TODAY/the governor of Illinois signed a law Friday requiring public schools to teach a unit of Asian American history – a move education experts say is the first of its kind nationwide.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act, which mandates “a unit of instruction studying the events of Asian American history, including the history of Asian Americans in Illinois and the Midwest, as well as the contributions of Asian Americans toward advancing civil rights from the 19th century onward.”

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