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Gay history bill
passes California education committee

Gay history bill
passes California education committee

The full California senate will vote on a bill that would require LGBT history to be added to state textbooks now that the proposal has passed the senate education committee. The measure, which won approval Wednesday, would also prohibit curricula with a bias against gays. "Today's vote marks another important step toward ensuring that students have the benefit of a positive and well-rounded education and one that promotes safety and respect in their schools," Sen. Sheila Kuehl, the bill's author, said in a statement. Added Equality California executive director Geoffrey Kors, who testified in favor of the bill: "It is vital that textbooks and other educational materials that our students study reflect the society in which they live in order to increase their knowledge, tolerance, and respect for our diverse world." The bill is among the first of its kind. (The Advocate)

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