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Horne backs Holocaust education bill after he says many schools didn't respond to survey

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is calling on lawmakers to strengthen an existing law that requires Arizona schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides.

Horne said his office surveyed schools to find out how many are following a law that requires students in junior high and high school to receive Holocaust education. He issued a press release saying that many didn’t respond and only about 43 percent of school districts and charter schools say they are following the law.

Horne said he supports a bill that would require students to receive instruction on the Holocaust and other genocides for at least three days on at least two separate occasions between 7th and 12th grades. 

The bill passed the Arizona House with bipartisan support last week and is now working its way through the Senate.  

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Wayne Schutsky is a broadcast field correspondent covering Arizona politics on KJZZ. He has over a decade of experience as a journalist reporting on local communities in Arizona and the state Capitol.