Schmidt and Loychik

(4-6-22) Ohio State Republican Representatives Mike Loychik (R-Bazetta) and Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland) introduced House Bill 616 on Monday, which would prohibit instruction of sexual orientation or gender identity in some elementary school grade levels.

House Bill 616 would amend the Ohio Revised Code and add the following language to the law if passed:

“No school district, community school, STEM school, nonpublic school that enrolls students who are participating in a state scholarship program, or any employee or other third party representing a school district or school shall do either of the following:

(a) With respect to a student in any of grades kindergarten through three, teach, use, or provide any curriculum or instructional materials on sexual orientation or gender identity;

(b) With respect to a student in any of grades four through twelve, teach, use, or provide any curriculum or instructional materials on sexual orientation or gender identity in any manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

OEA President Scott DiMauro-

Ohio House Bill 605 would also prohibit some school districts to teach any of the following concepts bill writers define as “divisive or inherently racist concepts”:

  • Critical race theory
  • Intersectional theory
  • The 1619 Project
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion learning outcomes
  • Inherited racial guilt
  • Any other concept that the state board of education defines as divisive or inherently racist, in accordance with rule in the revised code

Currently, House Bill 616 has not yet been recommended to committee.