What you need to know about Ohio Politics and Policy
Innovation Ohio · September 29, 2021
Our kids deserve an honest, accurate, diverse education.
Right now, Republican politicians are using lies about Critical Race Theory to ban schools from teaching an honest history.
Two Ohio bills (HB 327 and HB 322) would essentially ban teachers from discussing racism, sexism, prejudice, gender studies, and other so-called “divisive concepts.” Even in college.
HB 322 and HB 327 are likely both receiving hearings at the Ohio Statehouse next week. Exact details TBA.
Want to testify against these bills? Or submit written-only testimony? Follow this simple process:
HOW TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY (in-person OR written-only):
If you’re submitting written-only testimony, that’s it! You’re done! You officially testified!
(We recommend sharing your testimony on social media so everyone can see it)
If you’re testifying in-person (recommended), see below.
Chairman Wiggam, Vice Chair John, Ranking Member Kelly, and members of the House State and Local Government Committee, Thank you for allowing me to testify today. My name is ________. I am [basic bio about yourself]. I am strongly opposed to House bills HB 322 and HB 327, which would prevent Ohio students from receiving an honest, accurate education. Today I'm going to speak speaking specifically about [Choose either HB 322 or HB 327]. [Then tell them why the bill is so bad! Make it short and sweet - a few paragraphs is perfect. Tell a personal story. Or explain why your job experience gives you perspective on the bill. Maybe cite statistics or articles from other states to back up your claims] I ask you to consider my testimony and vote NO on this [harmful / dangerous / devastating / etc.] bill. Thank you again for the opportunity to testify. [IF TESTIFYING IN PERSON] I will now take any questions you may have.
AFTER YOU ARE FINISHED SPEAKING, legislators may ask you questions.
Questions? Email Rachel Coyle: Coyle@InnovationOhio.org
Tagged in these Policy Areas: Education | Gender Equity | Higher Education | K-12 Education