Originally Published: March 13, 2017 

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Lifesavers in School

Thirty-six states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws or adopted curriculum changes to require hands-on, guidelines-based CPR training to graduate high school. Each year, more than 2.1 million public high school graduates will have been trained in CPR.

Alabama

43,440 graduates

Passed: 1983

Effective: 1983

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Arizona

58,910 graduates

Passed: 2016

Effective: 2019-2020 school year

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Arkansas

28,880 graduates

Passed: 2013

Effective: 2014-2015 school year

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Connecticut

34,960 graduates

Passed: 2015

Effective: 2016-2017 school year

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Delaware

7,680 graduates

Approved: 2014

Effective: 2015-2016 school year

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Georgia

91,560 graduates

Passed: 2013

Effective: 2013-2014 school year

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Idaho

16,800 graduates

Approved: 2014

Effective: 2015-2016 school year (starting with ninth-grade class)

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Illinois

129,730 graduates

Passed: 2014

Effective: 2014-2015 school year

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Indiana

64,820 graduates

Passed: 2015

Effective: 2015-2016 school year

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Iowa

32,350 graduates

Passed: 2008

Effective: 2011-2012 school year

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Kentucky

38,790 graduates

Passed: 2016

Effective: 2016-2017 school year

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Louisiana

33,340 graduates

Passed: 2014

Effective: 2014-2015 school year

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Maryland

56,390 graduates

Passed: 2014

Effective: 2015-2016 school year (starting with ninth-grade class)

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Michigan

100,910 graduates

Passed: 2016

Effective: 2017-2018 school year

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Minnesota

56,520 graduates

Passed: 2012

Effective: 2014-2015 school year

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Mississippi

25,330 graduates

Passed: 2014

Effective: 2015-2016 school year (starting with ninth-grade class)

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Missouri

59,930 graduates

Passed: 2016

Effective: 2017-2018 school year

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New Jersey

91,260 graduates

Passed: 2014

Effective: 2014-2015 school year (starting with ninth-grade class)

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New Mexico

18,680 graduates

Passed: 2016

Effective: 2017-2018 school year (starting with ninth-grade class)

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New York

197,730 graduates

Curriculum changed: 2015

Effective: 2015-2016 school year

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North Carolina

88,870 graduates

Passed: 2012

Effective: 2014-2015 school year

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North Dakota

6,930 graduates

Curriculum changed: 2015

Effective: 2015-2016 school year

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Ohio

100,270 graduates

Passed: 2016

Effective: 2017-2018 school year

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Oklahoma

37,770 graduates

Passed: 2014

Effective: 2015-2016 school year

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Oregon

34,210 graduates

Passed: 2015

Effective: 2015-2016 school year

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Rhode Island

9,150 graduates

Passed: 2013

Effective: 2013-2014 school year

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South Carolina

39,520 graduates

Passed: 2016

Effective: 2017-2018 school year

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South Dakota

8,270 graduates

Passed: 2017

Effective: 2017-2018 school year

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Tennessee

58,920 graduates

Passed: 2012

Effective: 2012-2013 school year

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Texas

297,630 graduates

Passed: 2013

Effective: 2014-2015 school year

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Utah

32,870 graduates

Curriculum changed: 2014

Effective: 2014-2015 school year

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Vermont

6,110 graduates

Passed: 2012

Effective: 2012-2013 school year

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Virginia

79,520 graduates

Passed: 2013

Effective: 2016-2017 school year (starting with ninth-grade class)

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Washington

66,150 graduates

Passed: 2013

Effective: 2013-2014 school year

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Washington, D.C.

2,860 graduates

Passed: 2016

Effective: 2016-2017 school year

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West Virginia

16,650 graduates

Passed: 2015

Effective: 2015-2016 school year

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Wisconsin

60,160 graduates

Passed: 2016

Effective: 2017-2018 school year

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Sources: American Heart Association; National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-2015 school year