UPDATE: HEARING ON THE HOLOCAUST & GENOCIDE EDUCATION ACT RESCHEDULED

The hearing at the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education for the Genocide Education Act (H.566 & S.327) has been rescheduled for:
October 7, 2019 at 11 am.

Location:

Massachusetts State House
Hearing Room A-1
24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133
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Directions to Hearing Room A-1
To get to Hearing Room A-1:

Approach the Ashburton Plaza entrance from Bowdoin Street.
Proceed through the Ashburton Plaza Entrance.
Pass through the security checkpoint.
Straight ahead, take the elevator up to Floor 1.
Exit the elevator. Hearing Room A-1 will be to your immediate right.


S.327 ensures that every school district will include in its curriculum a unit of instruction on the Holocaust and genocide.

Acts of genocide across the globe must be taught consistent with the frameworks to address the notion that national, ethnic, racial, or religious hatred can overtake any nation or society, leading to calamitous consequences.

To reinforce that lesson, such curriculum must include the Nazi atrocities of 1933 to 1945 known as the Holocaust, and other genocides including, but not limited to, the Armenian Genocide, the Famine-Genocide in Ukraine known as Holodomor, the Pontian Greek Genocide, and more recent atrocities in Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Sudan.

The studying of this material is a reaffirmation of the commitment of free peoples from all nations to never again permit the occurrence of another genocide and a recognition that crimes of genocide continue to be perpetrated across the globe as they have been in the past, and to deter indifference to crimes against humanity and human suffering wherever they may occur.

The department shall recommend curricular materials detailing the underlying causes, international reaction, progression and aftermath of the aforementioned genocides.

Nothing herein shall require school districts to require genocide instruction in every year of middle school and high school, but that genocide education and instruction shall be utilized during appropriate times in the middle school and/or high school curricula, as determined by the local authority. All students should have received instruction on genocide by the time they have graduated from high school.

The department may provide trainings, seminars, conferences and materials for educators to use in the teaching of genocide.

DateBranchAction
1/22/2019SenateReferred to the committee on Education
1/22/2019HouseHouse concurred