Governor Baker Signs Genocide Education Bill

Photo: Karyn Regal / WBZ

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Governor Charlie Baker was joined by legislators and advocates for a ceremonial signing of a new education bill on Wednesday.

The bill, entitled An Act Concerning Genocide Education, requires middle and high school students to learn about the history of genocide as well as promotes the teaching of human rights issues.

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This comes at a time where hate crimes have become more frequent across the country, with multiple incidents occurring in Massachusetts. State Representative David Muradian, who is of Armenian descent, spoke on the bill's importance at the signing.

“We are driven to be contributing members of society and even more importantly, it drives us to be educators and informers," he said. “We are committed to ensuring our youth, now and in the future, know our past so that we do not hopefully have anyone to repeat it.”

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The bill also creates a Genocide Education Trust Fund that ensures the development of curricular materials and help teachers educate their students by providing professional development training.

WBZ’s Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) has more on the bill’s background:

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