School boards must now put in place instructions that accurately describe “the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, where appropriate,” according to the Text of law.
All this will be part of the 2020-2021 academic year, the time to update school books.
When Governor Phil Murphy signed the legislation, he said he was “honored" to make teaching “about the rich contributions and accomplishments of our LGBTQ community and those with disabilities” mandatory.
“The Governor believes that ensuring students learn about diverse histories will help build more tolerant communities and strengthen educational outcomes,” Murphy’s office declared in a statement.
Note that the law doesn’t apply to private schools.
New Jersey becomes the second state after California to teach the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people within its public schools.