PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island lawmakers are debating whether a comprehensive black history curriculum should be developed for all public schools in the state.

Legislators are considering a bill calling for a 15-member commission to spend a year developing guidelines for an African-American history curriculum for all students through Grade 12.

The Providence Journal reports ( ) that the bill’s sponsors, Providence Democratic Reps. Joseph Almeida Jr. and Anastasia Williams, say schools should devote more than one month a year to black history. A companion bill has been introduced in the state Senate.

Williams said recently that a more extensive curriculum would allow all Rhode Island students to learn about African-Americans’ significant contributions to the state.

Supporters of the bill say current teaching of African-American history is uneven and scattershot across the state.