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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill requiring schools to teach about 9/11

May 22, 2022, 7:15 AM
The twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York on Sept...

The twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

(AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed a bill to make it mandatory for schools to teach students about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

House bill 2325 will require schools to dedicate a portion of the day to observe 9/11 Education Day, according to a press release.

Arizona joins 14 other states that require students to be taught about the attack.

“The events on September 11, 2001 shaped a generation and forever changed America,” Ducey said in the release.

“The tragic events that unfolded that morning bound us together and altered how we view the world. We have an obligation to teach our children about the events and ideas that made us who we are as a nation. On that day, we faced an attack on who we are and what we stand for: democracy, liberty and freedom. We’re going to ensure future generations of Arizonans never forget how those values were defended on September 11, 2001.”

If the education day lands on a day school isn’t in session, the holiday will be observed the preceding or next school day, the release said.

The State Board of Education will develop and provide a list of “recommended resources relating to age-appropriate education on the terrorist attacks” that align with its academic standards, the release said.

“It is important that Arizona students learn about the events of 9/11,” State Board of Education President Daniel Corr said in a press release. “By ensuring this day is in lesson plans, our youth will be armed with critical knowledge on the history of our nation and better understand the world we live in now.”

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill requiring schools to teach about 9/11