Nope, it’s not a trick. Nor likely a treat.
At their next meeting, the Executive Committee of the Ohio’s State Board of Education (BOE) will be considering the resolution officially rejecting Title IX language that would protect LGBTQ+ students from discrimination.
Their next meeting date? Halloween.
The “Resolution to Support Parents, Schools, and Districts in Rejecting Harmful, Coercive, and Burdensome Gender Identity Policies” was first proposed by conservative Madison County State School Board member Brendan Shea in September.
On October 12, the resolution was referred back to the Executive Committee.
The resolution contains:
- An introduction that rejects the very existence of trans identity
- An endorsement of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s lawsuit against the Biden administration to allow LGBTQ+ discrimination.
- An instruction to have the Superintendent of Public Instruction issue a letter to every school district in Ohio to ignore the application of Title IX protections to LGBTQ+ students.
- A call on the Ohio General Assembly to pass legislation requiring all teachers and school staff out trans youth to their parents.
- A call on the Ohio General Assembly to pass legislation banning trans female youth from participating in sports.
- A general rejection of “harmful, coercive, and burdensome gender identity policies, procedures, and regulations.”
The September and October BOE meetings where the resolution appeared on the agenda featured over eight hours of combined public testimony. The speakers at the September meeting were overwhelmingly against the resolution, while those at the October meeting were more split.
The public will not be invited to present public comment or testimony at the October 31 meeting.
Advocates have noted the ironic confluence of timing of this meeting and Halloween.
“Not only are some ill-guided State Board members endorsing hate and violence against LGBTQ+ students, now the Board is forcing these same students and families to defend their very existence on Halloween, a day traditionally reserved for children, family, and childhood festivities,” read a statement from Honesty for Ohio Education.
The Executive Committee meeting will determine if the resolution will be brought forward for the November BOE meeting. 🔥