SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate Education Committee passed the Inclusive Curriculum Bill on Wednesday. It now goes to the full State Senate.
Equality Illinois said in a Facebook post that the bill passed committee with a bipartisan 13-2 vote.
The Illinois House of Representatives has passed the Inclusive Curriculum Bill with a 60-42 vote back in March.
The bill is an initiative of Equality Illinois, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, and the Legacy Project and is supported by the Illinois State Board of Education and a broad coalition of statewide and local educational, civil rights, health, and civic organizations. It would require the inclusion of LGBTQ historical contributions in any textbooks purchased through block grants from the state. Any group listed under the Illinois Human Rights Act would be highlighted. The law, if passed, would apply only to public schools.
The Senate passed the bill during last year’s session.
You can read the full bill here.