2011 -- H 5732 SUBSTITUTE A
A N A C T
RELATING TO EDUCATION
By: Representatives Williams,
Date Introduced: March 03, 2011
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Title 16 of the General Laws entitled "EDUCATION" is hereby amended
by adding thereto the following chapter:
GENOCIDE EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS
16-93-1. Legislative findings. -- The general assembly hereby finds and declares that:
(1) On November 4,
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide ("Genocide
Convention") which was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Upon
genocide has inflicted great losses on humanity, and was convinced that, in order to liberate
mankind from such an odious scourge, international co-operation was required.
twenty-first (21st) century. The
"Declaring genocide in
States Secretary of State Colin L. Powell told the United States Senate Foreign Relations
Committee that "genocide has
occurred and may still be occurring in
President George W. Bush affirmed the Secretary of State's finding on September 21, 2004, when
he addressed the United Nations General Assembly by saying: "At this hour, the world is
witnessing terrible suffering and horrible crimes in the Darfur
government has concluded are genocide."
(3) The United States Department of Education says "education is primarily a State and
local responsibility in the
private organizations of all kinds that establish schools and college and develop curricula…"
(4) The State of
regarding raising awareness on subject of genocide.
In 2000, the
human rights education," requiring the
curricular material on genocide and human rights issues and guidelines for the teaching of that
(ii) In 2007, the Rhode Island general assembly passed house bill No. 5142, requiring the
state investment commission to divest its assets from
targeted companies in
(5) The establishment
of free public education in the
citizens for participation in American social, economic, and political activities.
(6) The State of
education, of which genocide education should be a component. In 2005, the general assembly
directed the board of regents for elementary and secondary education to develop and adopt a set
of grade level standards in civic education by August 31, 2007.
(7) Given the importance of the issue of genocide to the political affairs of the United
States, as well as the responsibility of the state to educate its citizens, it is a fundamental
responsibility of the State of
included as part of the curriculum in all public schools.
(8) It is the
judgment of the
of education in the state shall include instruction on the subject of genocide in an appropriate
place in the curriculum, for all middle and high school students.
16-93-2. Definitions. -- For the purpose of this chapter, the following words shall have
the following meanings:
(1) "Genocide," as defined by the Genocide Convention: "means" any of the following
acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious
group, such as: (i) Killing members of the group; (ii) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to
members of the group; (iii) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to
bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (iv) Imposing measures intended to
prevent births within the group and/or; (v) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another
16-93-3. Powers and duties. -- The state shall adhere to the following procedures:
(1) The department of education shall make available on its website curriculum materials
and such other materials as may assist local and regional school committees in developing
instructional programs pursuant to this section. The curriculum materials may include information
on relevant genocides, including the Holocaust,
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.