Senate Committee Approves Funding for Genocide Curriculum

SACRAMENTO–The Senate Budget Committee on Education–chaired by Senator Jack Scott (D-Glendale)–has approved $250,000 in the 2004-05 state budget for a model curriculum on human rights and genocide to be distributed to all public schools in California–which would include studies related to the Armenian Genocide–the Holocaust–as well as other attempts to destroy or eliminate ethnic groups around the world.

"To be able to operate in an atmosphere of freedom and democracy–one must understand the evils that have haunted past generations," stated Senator Scott. "We must open the discussion on human rights so that today’s children become responsible adults."

The model human rights and genocide curriculum–approved by the State Board of Education–is intended for use at all K-12 public schools and county offices of education.

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