Illinois law requires LGBTQ history to be taught in schools this Fall

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — With the new year comes a long list of new laws in the State of Illinois. One of them affects what students will learn about in school.

Starting this Fall, students will be required to learn about the historical contributions made by people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in Illinois and across the U.S.

The new law applies to all public schools.

Supporters of the law say it could teach kids how to treat others. Those against it say school districts should be able to set their own curriculum.

The Rockford Public School District says it already teaches LGBTQ history but will reevaluate the curriculum to make sure its lessons meet state requirements.

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