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Bill would require students to learn CPR before graduation

By Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Jan 21st, 2013 @ 6:41pm

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill heading to Utah's Capitol Hill would require all high school students to be CPR-certified before they graduate.

Many health education classes in Utah currently teach CPR. But as health education grants are getting harder to come by, some schools have dropped CPR training because they can't afford the mannequins or training courses for teachers.

Utah Rep. Carol Spackman Moss (D) will be pushing a bill in the upcoming session that would require high school students to learn CPR and become certified before they graduate. The bill would also designate $200,000 to pay for teacher training and mannequins.

Moss said schools talk about being college ready, but knowing CPR is being life ready.

"And what better skill to teach kids than how to save a life," she said.

"Maybe they save the life of their grandparent, or a fellow student or a teacher or a family member," Spackman Moss said.

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