Senate unanimously approves bill creating 9/11 model curriculum for school districts

HARRISBURG – The Senate of Pennsylvania gave its stamp of approval on legislation that would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to create model curriculum on the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, and make available to school districts across the Commonwealth, according to Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).

Phillips-Hill’s legislation was offered as an amendment to another bill during a Senate Education Committee meeting last month.

“High school students were not alive during the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001,” Phillips-Hill said. “This legislation will help every school district across the state have the necessary material to teach our students about that fateful day that had a major impact on our nation’s history.”

The bill would require the Department of Education to develop model curriculum on the events of Sept. 11, 2001 within one year of the measure’s passage. The curriculum would include the historical context of terrorism, as well as details of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, PA. The curriculum would also cover the United States’ recovery and response to the terrorist attacks along with global challenges and consequences in the post-Sept. 11 world. 

The legislation moves to the House of Representatives for its consideration.

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