Asian American hearing

A number of states, including Florida, Connecticut, Illinois and New Jersey, have passed legislation to ensure Asian American history is taught in K-12 schools, while other state legislatures, including California and New York, have introduced similar initiatives.

A bill that would require Hmong and Asian American history lessons in K-12 schools received a public hearing Thursday, the first hearing for the measure in the three legislative sessions in which it has been introduced with bipartisan support.

The occasion brought dozens of Asian Wisconsinites from Oshkosh, Eau Claire, the Milwaukee area and other regions around the state to a packed room in the Capitol, where many said the bill would provide Wisconsin students with critical lessons that they themselves lacked in school, making them feel excluded.

Asian American hearing

Advocates for a state Assembly bill that would direct school boards to provide instruction on Hmong Americans and Asian Americans wait for a hearing on the proposal Thursday. Underscoring the bill's urgency: There were around 11,000 documented hate crimes against Asian Americans between March 2020 and December 2021, according to a report by Stop AAPI Hate.

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