TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House members gave initial approval Monday to creating an ethnic studies curriculum for grades 7-12, but rejected the bill on a final vote.
The measure was part of a larger bill to mandate teaching financial literacy in public schools. Legislators ultimately voted 43-81 against the bill.
The bill called for the state to develop a curriculum and materials on the experiences of African, Asian, Latino and Native Americans. The curriculum would have been optional for districts.
Republican Rep. Don Hineman, of Dighton, opposed the bill because he said it would strip authority of school boards. Other critics said the ethnic studies measure should be debated separately from financial literacy.
Another House bill that would encourage teaching ethnic studies is scheduled for debate on Tuesday.
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