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Legislation includes Lao history in education curriculum

Event participants gather together for a traditional prayer ceremony during the 2019 Lao New Year parade in Downtown Merced..
Event participants gather together for a traditional prayer ceremony during the 2019 Lao New Year parade in Downtown Merced.

Members of California Senate Republican Caucus recently voted in support of Assembly Bill 1393 which requires the Instructional Quality Commission to develop and adopt curriculum for Lao history and cultural studies to California’s K-12 schools by March 2023.

Senate Bill 895 authored by former Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Fountain Valley) included the experiences of Vietnamese, Cambodian genocide, and Hmong history to California’s K-12 curriculum. With the passage of AB 1393, Laotian history and cultural studies will be added to the curriculum.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield), Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), and Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar), are co-authors of AB 1393.

“This is a historical moment for the Laotian American community,” said Pida Kongphouthone, Chairman of the Lao Advocacy Organization of San Diego (LAOSD) who is a sponsor of AB 1393.

“The inclusion of Laotian history further builds upon the rich and diverse educational curriculum in California’s schools. We are proud and thankful for the support of Senate Republicans and for your leadership.”

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