NAACP: Meriden needs better black history lessons

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Local NAACP leaders are calling for a better black history curriculum in Meriden, saying students need to learn more about African-Americans’ contributions to the country’s development.

Meriden-Wallingford NAACP President Jason Teal told the Record-Journal that he expects members of the local civil rights group and school leaders to next month.

Meriden School Superintendent Mark Benigni says there has been a major effort to integrate black history into the city schools’ curriculum. He says he’s open to NAACP leaders’ suggestions for further improvements.

NAACP leaders say better educating students to identify with role models could help lower a high student-arrest rate in Meriden schools. They also say cultural education can help close achievement gaps and improve learning in other fields.


Information from: Record-Journal
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