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Chicago Adds Black History to Its Core Curriculum

By Liana Loewus — January 07, 2014 1 min read
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More than two decades after Illinois enacted a law that requires public schools to teach African-American studies, the 404,000-student Chicago district has announced a new guide for incorporating the subject into core classes.

Until now, African-American history “has been taught sporadically in Chicago, often coming up only during Black History Month or to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

The district also will add computer science as a core subject, rather than an elective, for high school students.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 08, 2014 edition of Education Week as Chicago Adds Black History to its Core Curriculum

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