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.