Ohio – Brendan Shea, member of the Ohio Board of Education (OBE) presented a resolution, the title of which, begins with “RESOLUTION TO PROMOTE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE…” (Res. 13) at the October OBE meeting. The education system in Ohio really does need to get focused on academics and away from Leftist partisan propaganda and politics which continues to flood the K-12 classroom from many angles.
The passage of Res. 13 on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, by OBE is a step in the right direction as it repeals the egregious “Equity” Resolution (Res. 20) that was sponsored by Kohler and approved by OBE in July, 2020. The job of removing the CRT (critical race theory) agenda from Ohio schools is far from done.
Diversity, equity and inclusion work, commonly known as CRT, “will not stop” according to Board Member Meryl Johnson. She was referring to work not stopping in Ohio, nor will it [D, E, I work] stop from being carried out all over the country. This was heard by yours truly at the board meeting on Oct. 13, 2021, just after OBE repealed Res. 20.
There were a handful of changes to Res. 13 before it was approved. Reference to and a pledge that the OBE board will be guided by and advocate for the Ohio Strategic Plan for Education: 2019-2024 Each Child, Our Future for developing educational policy and action, was added. Much of the Ohio Department of Education’s organizational structure, operations and connections to local school districts flow from this strategic plan.
Here are a few examples:
- Equity Corner, post by former Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria
- Equity Resource Library is a database of 92 books, movies, TedTalks, etc. “to support staff members in their individual journeys to develop a deeper understanding of issues of equity, discrimination and antiracism”.
- 2021-2023 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan is directed towards the 500+ staff that are employed by the Ohio Department of Education. Sidenote: Equity is defined on page 16 as “The right of and access to resources to achieve the outcome of equality“. Source: State of Ohio Definition, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, November 2020.