There are other problems with getting legislation passed in the Ohio House and Senate and that is Governor DeWine. DeWine is a wild card. No one—legislators, citizens, even his own team–seem to know at any time what he is going to vote for or veto or act on. He is truly out on an island and he only comes out of the bunker from time to time to go on George Stephanopoulos’ show and pass his next fiat. DeWine has said publicly he is against Critical Race Theory but has taken no action to show it. The concept of DeWine working with his team of Republicans doesn’t seem to be there—at all.
At this point in time my message to you would be that the Ohio House and Ohio Senate will not pass legislation on Critical Race Theory in Ohio. If we would ever get any kind of legislation or bill it would be a big surprise to me.
Over the weekend a parent from Cincinnati Public Schools sent me 5 short videos of Equity meetings he had captured. When I looked at them I couldn’t believe how far down the CRT path that things have gone. How far off track we have gotten with Education in Ohio… I can’t imagine what things will look like in another year or two; how much harder it will be to claw back. It is hard to even imagine how much time schools are devoting to “Race” via an Equity message, instead of instruction.
We should NEVER let our own representatives off the hook on CRT legislation. If you haven’t discussed CRT with your representatives call them until you get a meeting. It does not have to be an in-person meeting, a phone meeting is fine. You will have to be persistent. If they won’t meet with you, are you going to vote for them, ever? If you do get a meeting, press them on whether they are going to pass legislation to end CRT and discriminatory diversity training in Ohio’s government and schools. Many will try to deflect. If they refuse to commit to passing legislation, tell them you will no longer be able to support them, in a primary or general election. Be tough. That is the ONLY way we will make progress in this. If they won’t work for you, why would you ever support them? The leaders don’t need our votes. And our money is dwarfed by woke corporations and megabuck progressives. But our personal representatives in our districts do need our votes.
It’s good to be honest and reflect on where we are and let us understand what we’ve got with this group of people running Ohio’s legislature. For those of us interested in changing what happens to children’s indoctrination in Ohio, we’ll have to look at other ways to be successful. All of these ways will start by working with the problem individual school systems directly. We’ll also have to look at things like getting the Backpack bill passed and by supporting the formation of more charter schools similar to the Hillsdale Barney Charter Schools (currently in the Toledo are and soon to be in the Cincinnati area). And then we’ll have to look at the legislators when they are up for election next year…