NY Senate Bill Toughens Holocaust Ed Mandate

ALBANY -

Toughening the state mandate for Holocaust studies, the state Senate on Tuesday passed a measure that requires the education department to review how school districts are complying with the law.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Manhasset), would also authorize the education commissioner to develop regulations to ensure school districts are providing age-appropriate instruction.

“Society has an obligation to remember and continue to condemn one of the worst atrocities in human history,” Phillips said. “Providing our children with a comprehensive history of the world, which includes teaching the Holocaust in a responsible manner, is crucial in preventing history from repeating itself.”

The commissioner would have to submit a report by the beginning of 2019 on how districts are complying.

The bill was sent to the Assembly, where Assemblywoman Nily Rozic has sponsored a companion bill.