Racism and inequities against blacks, indigenous and people of color addressed in late night resolution passed by the Ohio State Board of Education

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Ohio – A resolution declaring Ohio and its education system as systemically racist against blacks, indigenous people and people of color and in need of internal examination, correction for achievement gaps, disparate discipline, white privilege, white supremacy, cultural insensitivity, hate speech and implicit bias was approved by the Ohio State Board of Education in a 12 to 5 vote at 11:00 pm on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.  

Kohler Racism Resolution Vote TallyYes – Dackin, Dodd, Haycock, Johnson, Kohler, LaMoncha, Manchester, Miranda, Owens, Poklar, Toal, Wilkinson; No – Fowler Arthur, Hagan, Hill, McGuire, Woods; Abstain – Kilgore

The state’s academic standards, curriculum, resources and tests are to be reviewed to eliminate cultural insensitivity, racial bias, white privilege and white supremacy.  The state education department is instructed to provide support to local school districts to do the same.  State employees and contractors to schools are required to attend implicit bias training.  Training for  board members, state and local, is to take place to address the ills.   

Ohio State Board of Education has 19 members; 11 elected and 8 governor-appointed.  See here:  http://education.ohio.gov/State-Board/State-Board-Members  

Resolution as proposed is below. The approved version has a few changes and will be accessible here when it is available.

Updated July 23, 2020 Approved version of Item 20 is available now here. Title given to the resolution by Kohler is Equity Resolution.

Here is the signed (final) version of the Kohler Racism, Equity Resolution.

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