Legislation that would strongly encourage Pennsylvania's schools to teach about the Holocaust and human rights violations is awaiting the signature of Governor Tom Corbett.
House Bill 1424 has been approved by the state House of Representatives and Senate.
Rep. Paul Clymer (R-Bucks) said his bill would require the state Education Department to disseminate appropriate curriculum materials to schools and offer in-service training for teachers.
The guidelines would encourage the inclusion of the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide and other genocides committed in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Other lessons would include human rights violations, anti-Semitism, racism and the abridgement of civil rights.
Clymer said the lessons could be taught as part of social studies or language arts courses.