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Philadelphia shrugs off national controversy as it updates and reinvigorates Black history lessons

Posted on AllSides February 28th, 2023
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Alexandre da Veiga for Chalkbeat

In 2005, Philadelphia became the first big city in America to require all students to take African American history in order to graduate. And as other states and districts pass laws and adopt policies that restrict teaching about race and racism, the city’s public schools are taking a very different approach to classroom topics now under a national microscope. 

The district is redoubling its efforts to expose students to Black history and culture. This year, it debuted a substantially updated and revitalized curriculum for the course of study that relies...

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