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Full Text of HB5333  98th General Assembly


Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford

Filed: 5/9/2014





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 5333 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
527-20.4 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/27-20.4)  (from Ch. 122, par. 27-20.4)
7    Sec. 27-20.4. Black History Study. Every public elementary
8school and high school shall include in its curriculum a unit
9of instruction studying the events of Black History, including
10the history of the African slave trade, slavery in America, and
11the vestiges of slavery in this country. These events shall
12include not only the contributions made by individual
13African-Americans in government and in the arts, humanities and
14sciences to the economic, cultural and political development of
15the United States and Africa, but also the socio-economic
16struggle which African-Americans experienced collectively in



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1striving to achieve fair and equal treatment under the laws of
2this nation. The studying of this material shall constitute an
3affirmation by students of their commitment to respect the
4dignity of all races and peoples and to forever eschew every
5form of discrimination in their lives and careers.
6    The State Superintendent of Education may prepare and make
7available to all school boards instructional materials,
8including those established by the Amistad Commission, which
9may be used as guidelines for development of a unit of
10instruction under this Section; provided, however, that each
11school board shall itself determine the minimum amount of
12instruction time which shall qualify as a unit of instruction
13satisfying the requirements of this Section.
14    The State Board of Education shall prepare and file with
15the General Assembly a statewide report on the instruction of
16Black History in Illinois public schools no later than December
1731, 2014.
18(Source: P.A. 94-285, eff. 7-21-05.)
19    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
20becoming law.".