37 states plus Washington, D.C., have laws requiring hands-on CPR education before high school graduation. Laws also have been passed in California, Maine and Montana, but they fall short of criteria set by the American Heart Association.

The goal of the High School CPR Requirement movement is to get CPR skills into the hands or more potential rescuers. With these new laws in effect 2.2 million public school students will be trained in CPR each year.