Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has repealed the state’s “No Promo Homo Law,” which banned discussion of LGBTQ issues in public schools. While seven states still have laws similar to Utah’s, California has taken the opposite approach. Earlier this year, the state became the first to implement statewide recommendations on how to include the discussion of LGBTQ and disabled people in classroom lessons under the Fair Education Act.
New social science and history class frameworks will have second-graders learning about diverse families, eighth-graders discussing gender roles in the 19th century, and 11th-grade students studying the LGBTQ civil rights movement. The updated textbooks come out in November and will be accessible to schools in other states that want to implement the new progressive curriculum.
VICE News Correspondent Antonia Hylton visited Acorn Woodland Elementary to see the new lesson plans in action.
This segment originally aired March 23, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.
CORRECTION (May 3, 6.05 a.m. EST): A previous version of this article stated that Gary Herbert was the governor of Ohio. Herbert is the governor of Utah.