Title 16

Chapter 93
Holocaust and Genocide Education in Secondary Schools [See Title 16 Chapter 97 — the Rhode Island Board of Education Act]

R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-93-3

§ 16-93-3. Powers and duties.

The state shall adhere to the following procedures:

(1) The department of education shall collect and disseminate to every school district, private school, mayoral academy, and charter school, and make available on its website, curriculum materials and such other materials as may assist local and regional school committees, and governing bodies of any private school, mayoral academy, or charter school, in developing instructional materials on holocaust and genocide awareness and education. The curriculum materials may include information on relevant genocides, including the Holocaust, Armenia, Cambodia, Iraq, Rwanda, and Darfur.

(2) Every school district shall include in its curriculum a unit of instruction on holocaust and genocide, utilizing, but not being limited to, the materials collected and disseminated by the department of education, commencing with the 2017-2018 school year. Nothing herein shall require school districts to require holocaust and genocide instruction in every year of middle school and high school, but that holocaust and genocide education and instruction shall be utilized during appropriate times in the middle school and/or high school curricula, as determined by the local authority. All students should have received instruction on genocide and holocaust awareness materials by the time they have graduated from high school.

History of Section.
P.L. 2011, ch. 45, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 70, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 501, § 89; P.L. 2016, ch. 92, § 2; P.L. 2016, ch. 104, § 2.