Pasco County Schools is committed to teaching students about the contributions and achievements of African Americans by infusing African American history into all curriculum. With that goal in mind, our school district is forming a task force to engage educators and community members in a long-term effort to enhance our curriculum and create greater educational opportunities for all students.
The teaching of African American history is required by state law (Florida Statute 1003.42). The statute reads in part:
“Students shall develop an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping on individual freedoms, and examine what it means to be a responsible and respectful person, for the purpose of encouraging tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and institutions. Instruction shall include the roles and contributions of individuals from all walks of life and their endeavors to learn and thrive throughout history as artists, scientists, educators, businesspeople, influential thinkers, members of the faith community, and political and governmental leaders and the courageous steps they took to fulfill the promise of democracy and unite the nation.”
Additionally, Pasco Schools is seeking recognition from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) for achieving exemplary status for African American History instruction. The FDOE has developed specific criteria for districts wishing to achieve exemplary status. The Pasco Schools’ African American History Task Force will be a diverse group of stakeholders committed to serving for up to three years on the initiative.
Educators, parents, and community members interested in serving on the African American History Task Force are encouraged to apply by providing some basic information and answering a couple of questions on the African American History Task Force application.