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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that passed the Assembly with bipartisan support encourages California to include lessons about the racial significance of Barack Obama's presidency in its curriculum.
The Assembly approved AB1912 Thursday on a 72-0 vote. The bill by Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden of Pasadena asks state education officials to include Obama's election in seventh- through 12th grade social studies standards.
High school history students already learn about recent presidents. But Holden says lessons about Obama also should focus on what his election meant for racial equality and civil rights.
The bill now heads to the Senate.
The state Board of Education will next update academic standards during the 2015-16 school year and does not have to follow lawmakers' recommendations. Textbooks could be updated within five years, likely after Obama leaves office.