OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would require public school students in the state to learn about the Holocaust.
House Bill 3720 would impact students in grades six through 12.
“House Bill 3720 empowers teachers through curriculum guidelines and professional developments to teach Holocaust education,” state Rep. John Waldron, D-Tulsa, said.
The Oklahoma State Board of Education would help develop and distribute the curriculum. Waldron said the Holocaust is being taught in schools but not often enough.
In a Twitter thread, Waldron wrote that he hopes the bill acts as an opening for students and teachers to have other difficult conversations about other events.
“So what I’m saying is, we need ways to have difficult conversations. This bill is an opening,” Waldron tweeted. “In my ideal world, teachers and students use this opportunity, and we politicians step back and let them do it.”
The bill heads to the state Senate for a vote. If passed and signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt, it would take effect in July.
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