divisive concepts

Education advocates say Ohio legislature should focus on funding, not regulating curriculum

BY: - November 14, 2022

Groups keeping an eye on the Ohio legislature’s handling of education are hoping the General Assembly focuses on funding and appealing to new teachers, rather than bills regulating curriculum and “divisive” issues. The Ohio Education Association is continuing it’s push to eliminate mandatory retention from the third-grade reading guarantee, focusing their attention getting through to […]

Why you should be paying attention to Ohio Board of Education races

BY: - September 7, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland. The midterms will decide more than just Ohio’s races for U.S. Senate, […]

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Schoolchildren do need protected: from fearful, intolerant, bigoted bills pushed by lawmakers

BY: - June 14, 2022

“We’ve got to protect the children!” You hear the refrain repeatedly from the gems trying to legislate banning and bullying in Ohio schools with bad to worse bills. “Save the innocents,” bray the right wingers angling for a break-out MAGA moment and the religious right on a mission from God. “From what?” you ask, as […]

Newest ‘divisive concepts’ bill enters Ohio House

BY: - June 1, 2022

The newest bill to regulate school curriculums and keep out what legislators see as “divisive concepts” entered the Ohio House on Tuesday. State Reps. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, and Mike Loychik, R-Bazetta, brought House Bill 616 to the State and Local Committee, which prohibits all Ohio schools from “teaching or providing training that promotes or endorses […]

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Lawmakers shouldn’t be able to flee from questions on ‘divisive concepts’ bills

BY: - April 13, 2022

It is not a good look when a member of the Ohio House of Representatives is caught on camera fleeing members of the press while asking them not to “harass” her. What made it even more exceptionally odd was that this member of the Ohio House, state Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, happened to have previously […]

Comments about the Holocaust from representative sponsoring ‘divisive concepts’ bill raise concerns

BY: - March 23, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   As the debate over a “divisive concepts” bill rages on across […]

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Putin rewrote Ukraine’s history. Ohio Republicans are rewriting American history

BY: - March 16, 2022

Americans are united in denouncing Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, including how he has justified it with a warped view of Ukrainian history and has crushed Russian dissent. Meanwhile, in Ohio, Republicans recently held hearings on legislation promoting a warped view of American history while crushing potential dissent. Unlike Ukrainians, we’re not under deadly assault, […]

Students, educators fight against bill that would prohibit teaching ‘controversial’ topics

BY: - March 11, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Students and educators across Ohio rallied Wednesday against the controversial house […]

Book bans accelerate in Ohio as new bill aims to prohibit ‘controversial’ topics

BY: - March 8, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Calls for book bans are quickly becoming more and more common […]