Never Again Education Act (Public Law No: 116-141)

To answer the question, “how do we confront rising antisemitism?” Congresswoman Maloney, a former educator, saw the answer to the challenge in better education, which she believes is the answer to many of our problems – including fighting antisemitism, hate, bigotry, and intolerance.  

 

As a former educator, the Congresswoman recognized that teaching about such an emotional and difficult to comprehend subject as the Holocaust would be challenging for even the most seasoned teachers. She set to writing legislation that would make this easier and help teachers so that our school children are given the history lessons they need and deserve about the Holocaust.  

 

Congresswoman Maloney introduced the first version of the Never Again Education Act in 1999 and worked over the next 20 years to build the support needed to pass it into this law. 

 

Following an alarmingly spike in antisemitic incidents – and particularly the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in October 2018 – Congresswoman Maloney, working in concert with Hadassah, the Jewish Federations of North America, and the ADL, was able to build a very broad, bipartisan coalition of support for the Never Again Education Act both in and out of Congress.  

 

With this new sense of urgency in the halls of Congress, the bill was passed in the House of Representatives with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 393-5 on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2020. It was passed by unanimous vote in the Senate on May 13, 2020 and was signed into law on May 29, 2020. 

 

Bill Summary: 

  • 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. 

 

The USHMM has curated many tools on their websites for teachers and the public. 

  • USHMM’s website for teachers can be accessed here. 

  • USHMM’s website for members of the public looking to learn more about the Holocaust can be accessed here.