4-26-2018 S.257 passed out of the House Education Committee – passed unanimously out of the education committee and is now with the committee on Human Services which is working on other parts of the bill.
4-18-2018 Amended and added to S. 257 Misc. Education bill, Click here
4-3-2018 Testimony on the heart of the bill and why it is so necessary, click here.
2-8-2018 Testimony by Representative Kiah Morris to the Education Committed. Full text. click here
Introduced 1-31-2018 and referred to the Education Committee. Full text of the bill, click here.
This bill, which was drafted by the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools (VCESES) and Representative Kiah Morris and introduced as H.794 by Representatives Morris of Bennington, Christie of Hartford, Colburn of Burlington, and Rachelson of Burlington, directs the Agency of Education to convene an independent, majority people of color Advisory Board comprised of advocates from diverse ethnic and social groups, experts in ethnic studies, and representatives of Vermont education agencies and associations. The charge of the Advisory board is to develop statewide ethnic studies standards for adoption into existing statewide standards for public kindergarten through grade 12. The bill would require the department to publish annual reports on the implementation of standards in public pre-kindergarten through grade 12 studies
It would also identify standards that:
- increase cultural competence of students
- increases attention to the history, contribution and perspectives of ethnic and social groups
- promote critical thinking regarding the history contributions, and perspectives of ethnic and social groups;
- commit the school to eradicating racial bias in its curriculum
- provide access to curriculum that enables students to explore questions of identity, racial equality and racism
- ensure that basic curriculum and extracurricular programs are welcoming to all students and take into account parental concerns about religion or culture.