Unfortunately, Ohio has no legal definition for “divisive” and “inappropriate” curricula. Past attempts to define ”divisive” and “inappropriate” at the State level have been either subjective or not broad enough to encompass everything that could conceivably be considered “divisive” or “inappropriate.” So, the only way for parents to get anything changed is to either beg the current school board members or to remove the current school board members in the next election cycle and replace them with members who acknowledge the parents’ wishes. All the while - children are being taught against their parents' wishes. It is far from a parent-friendly system, which is ultimately where local control belongs.
Ohio must provide a meaningful way to define a detrimental curriculum and a meaningful way to define a beneficial curriculum and provide a method for removing divisive topics and including beneficial ones.
Parents deserve to have recourse if the school board has been led astray by particular interests or by legal consultants that push an ideological agenda that is divisive or detrimental to students. We propose legislation that allows 25% of student parental households (at least one parent in a household agrees) for that grade or class to sign a petition to remove a divisive or inappropriate curriculum or study materials - it should be removed.
Parents need recourse to include non-divisive and beneficial materials that they believe are necessary to a good education. We believe that if 67% of student parental households (at least one parent in a household agrees) for that grade or class sign a petition to add beneficial curriculum or study materials - it should be added unless 25% of student parental households oppose such a removal. We contend that the state legislature should provide a statute to add curriculum or study materials by petitioning the parents.
It is important to note that a student’s household regulates this percentage and not by all parents or by the general public.
Section 1: Definitions
Section 2: Removal of Detrimental Curriculum or Study Materials
Section 3: Addition of Beneficial Curriculum or Study Materials
Section 4: Public Input
Section 5: Implementation
Section 6: Appeals
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