On November 14, the Executive Committee of the Ohio’s State Board of Education (BOE) voted 5-2 to send an amended version of an anti-transgender resolution to the full Board of Education for further discussion — and a possible final vote — on Tuesday, November 15.
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.
If passed, the resolution would officially reject Title IX language meant to protect LGBTQ+ students from discrimination in Ohio’s education system.
Shea’s original resolution contained multiple scientific inaccuracies and overtly religious language.
The resolution has since been amended by State Board Member Mike Toal. But the version board members will vote on during the November 15 meeting still contains factual inaccuracies concerning biology and physiology.
Honesty for Ohio Education — a non-partisan, statewide coalition of more than 50 organizations that opposed the resolution — released a statement Monday condemning each amended version of the resolution.
“The amended resolution still contains discriminatory language and factually false assertions about LGBTQ+ identities,” said Cynthia Peeples, founding director of Honesty for Ohio Education. “This resolution views LGBTQ+ students as predators who want to steal safety and opportunity from their peers. LGBTQ+ students deserve the same rights, opportunities, and experiences as their peers.”
“Their equality to their peers is not just a moral truth,” Peeples added, “but a right enshrined in federal law.
Coalition partners joined Peeples in condemning the resolution, including the ACLU of Ohio and the Ohio Education Association, which represents more than 121,000 Ohio teachers and education professionals.
The Ohio State Board of Education will meet November 15, beginning at 8:00am, and will hear public testimony. 🔥