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District 150 school board votes to adopt new ‘Black History 365’ curriculum for all ages

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PEORIA (WEEK) - After creating a committee to explore new curriculum to teach Black History in a more comprehensive manner, the Peoria Public Schools Board of Education voted to adopt the curriculum 'BH365'.

It will include text and lessons for grades K through 12 and will be taught year-round as opposed to just during Black History Month.

The school board also took heat from Peoria Resident Terry Knapp for the proposal to rename six schools. "It's like throwing 18 thousand dollars out into the street and you're doing the same thing," said Knapp in reference to the Parks District spending $18,000 to take down the statue of Christopher Columbus in Laura Bradley Park.

Much of the discussion during the meeting revolved around the return to school for grades K-4 next week.

Lauren Wolf, a teacher and parent in District 150 expressed concern over the instruction to "clean, clean, clean" during class. "How am I supposed to teach and clean at the same time?… the supplies I have will last maybe a week," she explained.

In an effort to make the transition back to class as safe as possible, the district will be exploring the use of the University of Illinois' saliva testing kits. The kits could give results in 5 to 7 hours. But they come with a price tag. $20 per test with a 5000 test minimum would run the bill to at least $100,000 for the district.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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