In city schools about half of the 21,000 students are Latino and 35 percent African American. As a result the Board of Education will require a half-year course in African American Studies, Caribbean/Latin American Studies or Perspective on Race to graduate high school starting with the Class of 2022.
CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck has more:
The new mandate, approved unanimously by the city school board Monday, makes the district one of the few in the country to require the course of study.
Philadelphia public schools have required students to take an African American history course since 2005. In Los Angeles, students are required to take an ethnic studies class.
“It is going to make a great deal of difference to our children and our families,” Sauda Baraka, vice chairman of the school board, said of the local decision. “It will really help us with the learning process. Cultural competency has been shown to change the direction of young people and make them more interested in learning.”
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