Arizona Gov. Ducey Signs Bill Requiring Holocaust Education During Grades 7-12

By Vaughan Jones
Published: Friday, July 9, 2021 - 12:41pm
Updated: Sunday, July 11, 2021 - 10:26am

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Gov. Doug Ducey signed a new bill into law Friday requiring that Arizona students receive education related to the Holocaust.

Arizona students will now be required to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides twice between seventh and 12th grade.

Ducey credited state Rep. Alma Hernandez for her years of work in passing the measure. Hernandez reintroduced the bill at the start of this year’s legislative session, after it failed to pass in multiple previous sessions.

Ducey cited a rise in antisemitism as a reason Holocaust education is necessary in the state. According to the Anti-Defamation League, there have been 10 antisemitic incidents in Arizona this year.

Arizona is now the 16th state to require Holocaust education by statute.

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