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Public Act 094-0478


 

Public Act 0478 94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 


 
Public Act 094-0478
 
HB0312 Enrolled LRB094 05143 RAS 35183 b

    AN ACT concerning schools.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
27-20.3 as follows:
 
    (105 ILCS 5/27-20.3)  (from Ch. 122, par. 27-20.3)
    Sec. 27-20.3. Holocaust and Genocide Study. Every public
elementary school and high school shall include in its
curriculum a unit of instruction studying the events of the
Nazi atrocities of 1933 to 1945. This period in world history
is known as the Holocaust, during which 6,000,000 Jews and
millions of non-Jews were exterminated. One of the universal
lessons of the Holocaust is that national, ethnic, racial, or
religious hatred can overtake any nation or society, leading to
calamitous consequences. To reinforce that lesson, such
curriculum shall include an additional unit of instruction
studying other acts of genocide across the globe. This unit
shall include, but not be limited to, the Armenian Genocide,
the Famine-Genocide in Ukraine, and more recent atrocities in
Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Sudan. The studying of this
material is a reaffirmation of the commitment of free peoples
from all nations to never again permit the occurrence of
another Holocaust and a recognition that crimes of genocide
continue to be perpetrated across the globe as they have been
in the past and to deter indifference to crimes against
humanity and human suffering wherever they may occur.
    The State Superintendent of Education may prepare and make
available to all school boards instructional materials which
may be used as guidelines for development of a unit of
instruction under this Section; provided, however, that each
school board shall itself determine the minimum amount of
instruction time which shall qualify as a unit of instruction
satisfying the requirements of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 86-780.)
 
    Section 90. The State Mandates Act is amended by adding
Section 8.29 as follows:
 
    (30 ILCS 805/8.29 new)
    Sec. 8.29. Exempt mandate. Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8
of this Act, no reimbursement by the State is required for the
implementation of any mandate created by this amendatory Act of
the 94th General Assembly.
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/5/2005