New Jersey could soon become the second state requiring public schools to include in their curricula the societal contributions of LGBTQ individuals.
In 2012, California became the first state mandating that public schools recognize the contributions of homosexuals. New Jersey could be next if Governor Phil Murphy signs into law a bill requiring school districts include instruction on the contributions of people with disabilities and those in the LGBTQ community. If signed into law, S-1569 would apply to the curriculum of middle school and high school students beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.
Len Deo, president and executive director of the New Jersey Family Policy Council, describes the bill as ludicrous legislation that could alter history.
"It's a ridiculous piece of legislation," he tells OneNewsNow. "It should not be redoing history, no matter what a person's gender identity or sexuality was in the past."
The bill's sponsor is Democratic Senator Loretta Weinberg of Bergen. However, Deo says there was no notable clamor for such a bill.
"This has not been a mandate from the New Jersey Department of Education," he points out. "This legislation is forcing local school boards individually to have to address this issue and change their current curriculum."
In December, the legislation passed both the State Assembly (52-10-15) and the State Senate (27-5).