• Students in Maine may be required to learn about Holocaust

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Lawmakers in Maine are trying to make sure one part of history will not be forgotten.

    Sen. Louis Luchini (D-Ellsworth) introduced a bill that would require all students in Maine to learn about the Holocaust, The Associated Press reported.

    Less than a quarter of states require students to learn about the Holocaust.

    Luchini got the idea from a recommendation of Ellsworth High School teacher Heidi Olmor. She teaches a course on the Holocaust and told the AP that classes are “often severely lacking” when it comes to the subjects of the Holocaust and genocide.

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    If passed, the state’s education commissioner would issue guidelines that would be required for graduation for all public and private schools, according to the AP.

    Maine lawmakers are not the only ones thinking about how the Holocaust is handled in schools. 

    U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) reintroduced a bill recently that would provide Holocaust education grants funded through the U.S. Department of Education.

    Maloney’s bill, called the Never Again Education Act, will help educate students to help combat what she said was a rise of anti-Semitism in the U.S. and around the world.

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