Last year, New Jersey became the first state in the nation to require LGBTQ-inclusive teachings in all subject areas at public schools, a move that advocates say is rooted in highlighting the history and contributions of more minority groups. But in most districts the new curriculum was put on the back burner when the pandemic hit. Now, those lessons are expected to roll out in September.
“We know when LGBTQ people see themselves reflected in the lessons, rates of bullying decrease,” said Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of Garden State Equality.
Shawn Hyland, Executive Director of the Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, said, “There’s a bill in the Assembly and the Senate that would give parents a voucher opt-out to go to the school of their choice, if the public school refuses to accommodate their request to opt out of lessons and materials that violate their beliefs regarding sex, sexuality, gender identity.”