(JTA) — Maryland state officials said they will strengthen requirements for Holocaust education in middle schools and high schools.

The announcement by State Superintendent Karen Salmon comes days before the one-year anniversary of the shooting by a white supremacist gunman at a Pittsburgh synagogue building that left 11 worshippers dead.

Among the plans are to teach about the roots of anti-Semitism in middle school social studies classes and deepen instruction about the Holocaust in high school as part of history courses. The planned changes also would include requiring Holocaust instruction within the state’s new fourth- and fifth-grade social studies framework.

Last month, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, the Baltimore Jewish Council and state lawmakers wrote to the state asking it to more clearly define state requirements for Holocaust education.


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