Archive - May 2, 2012 - Campaign Article

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Minnesota High Schools Will Be Required to Provide CPR-AED Training

Minnesota high schools will be required to provide CPR training, starting in 2014.

The law, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton on April 23, would require all school districts to provide training of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator instruction as part of the curriculum in grades 7-12. Students will receive hands-on training at least once before they graduate.

The previous version of the law only encouraged schools to provide training. Students won’t be required to be CPR-certified under the bill, however.

Justin Bell, government relations director for the American Heart Association in Minnesota, said the organization had been one of the largest supporters of the bill.

“We think it’s a fantastic bill,” he said.

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