Under a hot Colorado sun, Governor Jared Polis signed into law HB-1336, the Holocaust and Genocide Education in Public Schools bill, at JEWISHcolorado on July 8.
The bill was sponsored in the House by Reps. Emily Sirota (D-9) and Dafna Michaelson Jenet (D-30), and in the Senate by Sens. Stephen Fenberg (D-18) and Dennis Hisey (R-2).
The bill was championed by Holocaust survivor Fanny Starr, who together with her late husband Zesa, also a survivor, were among the first Denver survivors to speak in schools, setting an example followed by many other survivors.
In addition to Starr, the lay team behind the effort included her daughter Helen Starr, former state legislator Joyce Foster, David Foster, Roz Duman and representatives from Colorado’s Armenian community.
Among the many Jewish and non-Jewish stakeholders was the Jewish Community Relations Council.
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