Capitol Report: Labor History In School?

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The Capitol Report panel discusses a bill before the legislature that would require public schools to teach the history of organized labor. May 1, also known as May Day, is a day to celebrate organized labor and workers’ rights.

Here is the text of the bill, from the website of the Connecticut General Assembly.

General Assembly

Proposed Bill No. 12

January Session, 2013

LCO No. 188
Referred to Committee on EDUCATION
Introduced by:
SEN. LOONEY, 11th Dist.

AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF LABOR HISTORY AS PART OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That section 10-16b of the general statutes be amended to include labor history and law, including the history of organized labor, the collective bargaining process and existing legal protections in the workplace, as part of the public school curriculum.

Statement of Purpose:

To support a well-rounded education by including labor history and law in the prescribed courses of study in the public school curriculum.

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