In December, 2020, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that high school requirements will be changing in the state.
Beginning in the fall of 2022, Connecticut will become the first U.S. state to require that high schools offer an elective course on Black and Latino studies.
“Increasing the diversity of what we teach is critical to providing students with a better understanding of who we are as a society and where we are going,” Gov. Lamont said in a statement announcing the requirement.
The change comes as a result of a state law signed last year that aims to give students a better understanding of how Black and Latino people have contributed to the country’s history.
The Connecticut State Board of Education approved the curriculum last week.
The course can be provided as early as next year, however it will be required by the fall of 2022.
“Adding this course in our high schools will be an enormous benefit not only to our Black and Latino students, but to students of all backgrounds because everyone can benefit from these studies,” Lamont said.