Legislation would prohibit crriculum promoting divisive or racist concepts and restrict sexual orientation curriculum for grades K-3
PRESS RELEASE: Ohio House of Representaives – Jean Schmidt and Mike Loychik
COLUMBUS, OH (April 05, 2022) – Two state lawmakers have proposed legislation that would prohibit schools from using textbooks and imposing curriculum that promotes or endorses divisive and inherently racist concepts.
Mike Loychik, Reprsentative
The measure, introduced by State Representatives Mike Loychik (R-Bazetta) and Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland) would also restrict providing curriculum on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade education.
“Children deserve a quality education that is fair, unbiased and age appropriate,” Loychik said. “This legislation promotes free and fair discussion.”
Schmidt said House Bill 616 makes clear that all people are equal regardless of their skin color, race, sex, religion, or national origin
“The classroom is a place that seeks answers for our children without political activism,” Schmidt said. “Parents deserve and should be provided a say in what is taught to their children in schools. The intent of this bill is to provide them with the tools to be able to see what their child is being taught.”
The legislation will require the State Board of Education to develop a process to file complaints against how educators have violated the provisions of the bill.
Violations will be addressed by:
- Giving a teacher or student an opportunity for a hearing;
- If a State Superintendent finds a complaint to be true, the Ohio Department of Education will withhold funds based on severity of the offense, to include a tiered funding penalty and terms for restoration of funds.
House Bill 616 was introduced on Monday, and now awaits committee assignment.
State Representative Mike Loychik is currently serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 63rd Ohio House District, which includes portions of Trumbull County.
State Representative Jean Schmidt is serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 65th house district, which includes northwestern Clermont County.