• NJ Inclusive Legislation

    New Jersey has a long-standing history in its commitment to an inclusive curriculum within its public schools. Beyond MTSD’s personal commitment to developing an inclusive curriculum, the following mandates are in place through the state legislature and the NJDOE:

    Holocaust/Genocide Education (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-28)

    In 1994, the legislature voted unanimously in favor of an act requiring education on the Holocaust and genocide in elementary and secondary education and it subsequently signed into law by Governor Whitman.  The law indicates that issues of bias, prejudice, and bigotry, including bullying through the teaching of the Holocaust and genocide, shall be included for all children from K-12th grade.  Because this is a law and in Statute, any changes in standards would not impact the requirement of education on this topic in all New Jersey public schools.

    1. Every board of education shall include instruction on the Holocaust and genocides in an appropriate place in the curriculum of all elementary and secondary school pupils.

    2. The instruction shall enable pupils to identify and analyze applicable theories concerning human nature and behavior; to understand that genocide is a consequence of prejudice and discrimination, and to understand that issues of moral dilemma and conscience have a profound impact on life. The instruction shall further emphasize the personal responsibility that each citizen bears to fight racism and hatred whenever and wherever it happens.

    The Amistad Bill

    The Amistad Bill (A1301), which became law in 2002, calls on New Jersey schools to incorporate African-American history into their social studies curriculum. This legislation also created the Amistad Commission, a 23-member body charged with ensuring that African-American history, contributions, and experiences are adequately taught in the state’s classrooms.

    1. To infuse the history of Africans and African-Americans into the social studies curriculum in order to provide an accurate, complete, and inclusive history.
    2. To ensure that New Jersey teachers are equipped to effectively teach the revised social studies core curriculum content standards.
    3. To create and coordinate workshops, seminars, institutes, memorials, and events which raise public awareness about the importance of the history of African-Americans to the growth and development of American society in a global context.

      LGBTQ and People with Disabilities (ASSEMBLY, No. 1335)

    This bill requires boards of education to include instruction, and adopt instructional materials, that accurately portray the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

    1. A board of education shall include instruction on the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, in an appropriate place in the curriculum of middle school and high school students as part of the district’s implementation of the Core Curriculum Content Standards in Social Studies.

    2. When adopting instructional materials for use in the schools of the district, a board of education shall only adopt instructional materials which, in its determination, accurately portray the cultural and economic diversity of society including the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

    Aligned with both the intent and language of the above mandates, MTSD seeks to create a curriculum in which all individuals are represented and their contributions to our society are valued.