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Loychik, Schmidt Statement on House Bill 616

April 5, 2022
Jean Schmidt News

COLUMBUS – 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.

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.