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Fifty-Fourth Legislature, Second Regular Session




schools; instruction; Holocaust; genocides


Requires information about the Holocaust and other genocides to be taught at least twice between grades seven and twelve.


A school district governing board prescribes curricula that include academic standards as prescribed by the State Board of Education (SBE) for the graduation of students from high school. District boards must also prescribe criteria that include academic standards in at least reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, as determined by district assessment. Other criteria may include additional measures of academic achievement and attendance (A.R.S. § 15-701).

SBE establishes 22 credits as the minimum number of credits necessary for high school graduation. This includes: 1) four credits of English or English as a second language; 2) three credits of social studies; 3) four credits of mathematics; 4) three credits of science; 5) one credit in the arts or career and technical education and vocational education; and 6) seven credits of additional courses prescribed by the local district board (A.A.C. § R7-2-302).

There is no anticipated fiscal impact to the state General Fund associated with this legislation.


1.      Directs SBE to include in the course of study and competency requirements that pupils, at least twice between grades seven and twelve, be taught about the Holocaust and other genocides.

2.      Becomes effective on the general effective date.

House Action

ED                   1/27/20      DP     10-0-0-3

3rd Read          2/19/20                 59-0-1

Prepared by Senate Research

February 28, 2020