Youth Suicide, Genocide Education in Schools
June 17, 2014
HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania schools could
soon be encouraged to teach about youth suicide prevention and the history of
genocide, under two separate measures headed to Gov. Tom Corbett's desk.
Both bills passed the state House of
Representatives on Monday.
Under one bill, each school will be required
to develop a youth suicide awareness and prevention policy. Teachers will
receive instruction on it and schools can choose to work it into the curriculum
for students in grades six through 12.
The other bill would require the state
Department of Education to distribute curriculum materials on the Holocaust,
genocide and human rights violations to each school and offer training for
teachers on the subject.
Both policies would begin in the 2015-16