Critical Race Theory Explainer Ohio

In this Oct. 6, 2021 photo, Rep. Don Jones, a Freeport Republican, asks a question about a bill that would limit employers' abilities to require that workers receive the coronavirus vaccine at a legislative hearing in Columbus, Ohio. Jones is the sponsor of legislation pending in the House State and Local Government Committee that would prevent districts from requiring that history or civics teachers "discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs."

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pair of Republican-backed bills in the Ohio House would restrict how the topic of racism is taught in K-12 schools as part of a conservative broadside against a 40-year-old scholarly theory more typically associated with higher education classes in college or law school.

Neither of the two bills pending before the House State and Local Government Committee mention the phrase critical race theory. But the bills' sponsors and their supporters have made clear in public comments that that theory is the target of the legislation. The bills introduced in May are similar to legislation introduced nationwide by GOP lawmakers.

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