Governor Greg Abbott signs “Holocaust Remembrance Week” Into Law
Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 1828 into law Tuesday, requiring Texas public schools to establish a Holocaust Remembrance Week.
Four San Antonio women who were concerned about the lack of students' Holocaust awareness brought the bill to Sen. Jose Menendez, who sponsored it. The bill passed unanimously in the House and 31-0 in the Senate Chamber, according to a press release.
In addition to establishing Holocaust Remembrance Week in public schools, the bill requires the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission to design approved materials for that week. The Commission was established in 2009 and strives to educate the Texas public about genocide and how to prevent it in the future.
This legislation calls for a week of Holocaust remembrance every year in Texas schools. The THGC is named as the entity that will develop or approve the use of effective resources on the subject. This is a testament to 10 years of hard work by our past and present commissioners to build awareness. In turn, our staff members are excited and optimistic regarding what the legislation means to the Commission’s growing influence on Holocaust and genocide education across the state.
“On behalf of my fellow members of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC), I wish to express our grateful appreciation to Governor Greg Abbott, State Senator José Menéndez, and the other Texas Legislators who unanimously supported the passage of S.B. No. 1828. This legislation establishes Holocaust Remembrance Week in public schools throughout our state and names the THGC as the entity that will develop or approve the use of effective resources on the subject.
Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, Holocaust Remembrance Week will convey the lessons of ‘Never Again’ to students across the great state of Texas. The THGC, now in its 10th year, is honored to support this important endeavor.”—THGC Chair Lynne Aronoff, Houston
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