Governor Kathy Hochul signs Holocaust Education Bill
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Governor Kathy Hochul signs Holocaust Education Bill

(Courtesy HMCTE)
(Courtesy HMCTE)

Last week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Holocaust Education Bill. The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education in Suffern was among the bill’s supporters.

The bill enforces the state’s longstanding mandate to teach young people about the Holocaust and creates important mechanisms for auditing and assessing the success of these educational programs across the state. The bill aims to be a step to transforming the mandate into meaningful learning for all New York students.

HMCTE staff and supporters followed the bill’s progress through the legislature and then to Ms. Hochul’s desk.

Andrea Winograd, the executive director of the Holocaust Museum & Center For Tolerance and Education at Rockland Community College, said, “We at HMCTE and our colleagues in Holocaust education around the state felt a renewed sense of faith in our government to take real action to combat antisemitism. We believe that education, shared learning, and growing our empathy for others will break down the forces of hatred that work so hard to divide us. The Holocaust Education Bill helps give districts the tools they need to critically assess how and what they’re teaching, so we can work towards better learning outcomes moving forward. For how can we truly ensure Never Again when the statistics show just how little knowledge people today have about the Holocaust? We must find ways to educate better and this bill will help. Our governor is committed to accountability and assessment regarding Holocaust Education and now we must do our part. HMCTE stands at the ready to support our local school districts with quality educational programs, visits to our museum, and testimony talks with survivors. We know that Holocaust Education gives society the tools to examine the ills of the past and think critically about how to create a more just and civil society today. Together, we can make this vision a reality.”

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