House Passes Never Again Education Act
WASHINGTON - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Co-Chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released the following statement following House passage of the Never Again Education Act (H.R. 943), which he cosponsors, by a vote of 393-5:
“This past International Holocaust Remembrance Day also marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. We were reminded that we must never forget the 6 million Jews and millions of others who lost their lives during the Holocaust and their stories. The Never Again Education Act expands Holocaust education, helping ensure this dark time in our history never repeats itself. I thank my colleagues for joining me in taking action, and look forward to continuing to work together to honor the memory of those lost during the Holocaust and combat the anti-Semitism that still exists today in our nation and world.”
The Never Again Education Act:
Expands the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s education programming to teachers across the country, requiring the Museum to develop and disseminate accurate, relevant, and accessible resources to improve awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and educate individuals on the lessons of the Holocaust as a means to promote the importance of preventing genocide, hate, and bigotry against any group of people.
Funding will support and expand a centralized website maintained by the Holocaust Museum where educators can find curriculum materials. Funding through this bill may also be used to support teachers in bringing the lessons of the Holocaust into their classrooms in other ways, including developing, disseminating, and implementing principles of sound pedagogy, increasing engagement with state and local education leaders to encourage the adoption of these resources, and evaluating and assessing the effectiveness and impact of Holocaust education programs.
Funding may also be used to support an expansion of the Museum’s professional development programs, through activities such as local, regional, and national workshops, teacher trainings with Holocaust education centers and other partners, and engagement with local educational agencies and schools.
Authorizes $10 million dollars over 5 years to go to these activities.