The state Senate has unanimously approved legislation to require Holocaust and genocide education in Connecticut high schools. State Senator Toni Boucher said the fact that incidents of racism and anti-Semitism still happen, including in her district, are why the bill is important. Boucher referring to several swastikas found spray painted throughout Ridgefield. Boucher Co-Chairs the legislature’s Education Committee. The organization "Voices of Hope" testified that anti-Semitic incidents increased by 57 percent during 2017, and that incidents in kindergarten through 12th grade nearly doubled for the second year in a row. Boucher believes one of the reasons incidents are on the rise is because of a lack of knowledge about the Holocaust and the terror and racism the Swastika symbolizes. The bill now moves to the House for a vote.