Corbett Ceremonially Signs Bill to Encourage Education of Holocaust

- Governor Tom Corbett today ceremonially signed legislation encouraging Holocaust education in classrooms across Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by Representative Paul Clymer, (R-Bucks), House Bill 1424 allows public schools in Pennsylvania to offer instruction in the Holocaust, as well as other forms of genocide and human rights violations.

“By teaching young students about the darkest parts of history, we are making sure that we do not repeat it,” Gov. Corbett said. “Our children will now learn to understand, and reject, acts of mass genocide that have stained our past.”

House Bill 1424 passed both houses of the General Assembly unanimously. The legislation amends the Public School Code to provide for instruction in Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations to public school students beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

If a school chooses to provide instruction in this subject area, the instruction must be integrated within the social studies and language arts courses.

The material taught must also age-appropriate, and should communicate the connection between intolerance and these events, as well as the impact of personal responsibility, civic engagement, and societal response.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia hosted the event.

Legislators joining Gov. Corbett at the ceremony were: Representative Paul Clymer (R-Bucks), Representative Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Representative Kevin Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Representative Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery), Senator Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia), and Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks).

To read the full text of the legislation, visit the General Assembly’s website at Governor Corbett originally signed the bill on June 26, 2014.

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