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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: September 17, 2021 11:34 AM
From: Representative Patty Kim
To: All House members
Subject: Asian American and Pacific Islander Inclusive Curriculum
 
In March of this year, a gunman shot and killed eight people at three separate massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia. Six of the victims were women of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) descent. In the time since this tragedy, I have participated in various panels and spoken to members of the AAPI community across the commonwealth in order to develop strategies to prevent the fomenting of prejudice and bias. Through these conversations, it has become quite clear that education should be an important part of this effort.
 
My legislation would require the Department of Education to create an integrated curriculum that includes AAPI persons, history, and contributions to American society and to provide AAPI-related materials to schools. This bill would also commission a study by the State Board of Education to see how school districts in Pennsylvania are teaching AAPI curriculum across the state and ensure our students are receiving robust instruction on AAPI history and social contributions.
 
Please join me in sponsoring this legislation to fight prejudice while celebrating the talent, history, and diversity that AAPI communities have brought to our state, communities, and country.



Introduced as HB1917