Michigan State Board of Education to vote on new social studies standards

Published: Jun. 11, 2019 at 2:05 PM EDT
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New social studies standards could be making it's way into Michigan's curriculum.

The Michigan State Board of Education will vote to approve new social studies standards, which the Sikh community is hoping will accurately include Sikhism for the first time ever, according to the Program Director of Sikh Coalition Mark Reading-Smith.

Reading-Smith said that since April, nearly 400 Michigan Sikh community members and 12 Michigan gurdwaras, which are Sikh houses of worship, have taken direct action in requesting the Michigan Board of Education make changes to the proposed standards.

Reading-Smith said the coalition is expecting at least 30 Sikh community members from across the state to be present in Lansing for the vote.

The vote is taking place at Ladislaus B. Dombrowski Board Room in the John A. Hannah Building on the fourth floor located at 608 West Allegan Street in Lansing.

The vote was expected to be made at 2 p.m. but is subject to change, according to Reading-Smith.

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