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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1306         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1064


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Sarah K. Peake


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act concerning genocide education.






Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

Daniel A. Wolf


Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1306        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1064

By Ms. Peake of Provincetown, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1064) of Sarah K. Peake and others for legislation to provide for the subject of genocide to be included in the curriculum of the public schools of the Commonwealth.  Education.


SEE HOUSE, NO. 4520 OF 2009-2010.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act concerning genocide education.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1.   Chapter 15 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

              Section 67. Genocide, shall be included in the Massachusetts history and social science curriculum frameworks for United States and world history. Case studies of at least 2 such genocides may be used to demonstrate the concept of genocide. Such case studies may include, but are not limited to, the genocide of Armenian Christians, the Holocaust and Nazi concentration camps, the genocide of Cambodians by the Khmer Rouge, the genocide of Bosnian Muslims, the genocide of Rwandan Tutsis and the genocide of Darfurians by the Sudanese government.

              The department shall recommend curricular materials detailing the underlying causes, international reaction, progression and aftermath of the aforementioned genocides, including those recommendations established by chapter 276 of the acts of 1998.

              The department may provide trainings, seminars, conferences and materials for educators to use in the teaching of genocide.              

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