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New Jersey Becomes Second State Mandating Middle Schoolers Learn About LGBTQ Achievements

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter

New Jersey will be the second state to mandate that middle and high school students learn about LGBTQ contributions.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed Senate bill 1569, which requires schools to adopt a curriculum that “accurately portray political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”

“The Governor believes that ensuring students learn about diverse histories will help build more tolerant communities and strengthen educational outcomes,” Murphy’s spokeswoman Christine Lee said in a statement, the Huffington Post reported Thursday.

The policies go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year. (RELATED: DeSantis Issues Order To Get Rid Of Common Core)

One of Murphy’s plans when running for governor was expanding “LGBTQ equality,” according to his campaign website.

Newly sworn in New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, speaks after taking the oath of office in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S., January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Newly sworn in New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, speaks after taking the oath of office in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S., January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

“In the era of Donald Trump, Phil will not give an inch on the equal treatment of our LGBTQ neighbors,” Murphy’s campaign website said.

Murphy passed a law in July 2018 so people could have their sex designation changed on birth and death certificates, HuffPost reported.

California was the first state to require addressing LGBTQ issues in school curriculums through the FAIR Education Act, which was signed in July 2011 and enacted in 2012.

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