Rep. Belsito Applauds Final Passage of Legislation to Promote Holocaust & Genocide Education

Posted on May 10, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD- State Rep. Sam Belsito praised the passage of bipartisan legislation that will make sure schools are teaching students about the Holocaust and other genocidal acts.

“The Holocaust and other genocides that have taken place should never be forgotten,” said Rep. Belsito. “Every state in our country should be passing similar legislation. Our children, grandchildren, and generations to come should know about these horrific genocides that have taken place in our society, so they are never repeated.”

The legislation, SB-452: An Act Concerning the Inclusion of Holocaust and Genocide Education and Awareness in the Social Studies Curriculum, seeks to include Holocaust and genocide education awareness in the social studies curriculum within public schools in our state.

According to the legislation, school districts would be permitted to avail themselves of existing and appropriate materials and resources, as well as accept gifts, grants and donations, designed for the development and implementation of Holocaust and genocide education and awareness.

The proposal has been endorsed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). According to the ADL, 2017 was the highest single year increase in anti-Semitic acts since its first audit in 1979. Of the 1,986 incidents that occurred in the United States, 457 of them occurred in K-12 schools. This was a 94% increase from the previous year.

The bill passed both the State Senate and the House of Representatives unanimously and now goes to the Governor’s desk for his signature.