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Say NO to 616 on 6/16 Rally: Protect Honesty in Eduction
Thursday, June 16 | Noon • Ohio Statehouse, West Plaza

Join us at the Ohio Statehouse on June 16 for a peaceful rally to STOP House Bill 616 and ​protect ​honest education across Ohio!

Hear from Ohioans across the state who believe EVERY student deserves an
honest high-quality education grounded in truth, facts, and diverse perspectives.
Learn how you can STOP House Bill 616 and other educational gag orders in our Statehouse. Learn more about HB 616 

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New State
Superintendent Resigns

Stephen Dackin, former State Board vice president, was selected as the new superintendent in May 2022, by a 14-4 vote. According to his letter of resignation, he left over public concerns about his selection as the state superintendent.

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Legislative Updates

It was a heartbreaking week in the Statehouse as Ohio legislators passed two bills to arm school personnel and ban transgender girls in female sports, and held hearings for bills censoring education about race, sexuality, and gender and banning gender-affirming healthcare for minors. Learn more below.


HB 99 - Arming School Personnel

The Senate and House passed House Bill 99 on Wednesday, June 1, allowing school personnel to carry and discharge guns in school buildings with minimal training. The bill caps mandatory gun training for school personnel at 24 hours, 22 of those hours are online, only 2 hours with a weapon.

TAKE ACTION: Governor DeWine is expected to sign this bill soon. Tell Governor DeWine to veto HB 99 NOW! Email HERE & HERE

HB 151 / HB 61 - Bans Transgender Youth in Sports

The House passed House Bill 151 on Wednesday, June 1, which included a last-minute amendment inserting language from HB 61 to ban transgender girls and women from participating in high school and college athletics. HB 151 was originally intended to revise Ohio’s Teacher Residency Program, trying to reduce state control in schools. Rep. Jenna Powell added the amendment, repeating a similar attempt last year.  Read Equality Ohio's Statement

TAKE ACTION: Call your State Senator saying you OPPOSE HB 151 and any effort that harms LGBTQ+ youth. Find your State Senator HERE

HB 616 - Bans Education About Race, Sexuality, Gender, DEI

The House State and Local Government (SLG) Committee heard sponsor testimony from Reps. Jean Schmidt and Mike Loychik on Tuesday, May 31. Both sponsors side-stepped questions about the vague language in the bill and implications on training, discipline, and honest education.
Read Honesty's Statement Learn More About HB 616
Watch Hearing Read Schmidt Testimony | Read Loychik Testimony

TAKE ACTION: Tell SLG Committee members and Speaker Cupp to stop HB 616
Email HERE

HB 454 - Bans Gender-Affirming Care for Minors

The House Families, Aging, and Human Services (FAHS) Committee heard invited opponent testimony on Wednesday, June 1. Leading professionals from Ohio's medical community offered testimony refuting statements and misinformation about gender-affirming care shared in earlier proponent hearings for the bill. More opponent testimony is expected in the fall.
Watch Hearing | Read Testimony | Learn More About HB 454

TAKE ACTION: Tell FAHS Committee members to stop HB 454
Call Chair Manchester HERE 
Call Committee Members HERE
Email the Committee HERE 
Monthly State Board of Education meeting: June 13 and 14

Facing History and Ourselves Summer Workshops

Facing History and Ourselves will hold a summer, online seminar focused on teaching approaches for instruction on the Reconstruction era of United States history. During this online seminar, teachers will examine how Americans faced the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the Civil War. Interested educators can learn more about the seminar here

Facing History and Ourselves also will hold a June workshop called Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior. This two-day workshop will introduce participants to Facing History’s approach to studying the Holocaust, which enables students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in civic engagement, ethical reasoning and critical thinking. Interested educators can learn more about this workshop here

Smithsonian Summer Sessions: Inspiring Civic Engagement 

The Smithsonian Institute invites educators to register for a free five-day virtual summer session that will connect educators from across the country. Participants will discover how museum objects can help learners explore the challenges and opportunities of living in a democracy and inspire civic action.

Museum educators will introduce participants to the Smithsonian Learning Lab, a free interactive online platform for accessing digital museum resources. Participants will discover how to teach with museum resources to engage students in deeper thinking and support content learning across disciplines. Interested educators can learn more about the sessions on their website.  

Are you a middle school, high school,
or college student who cares about honest education and amplifying student voices?

YYA Coalition Meetings: Second Sundays, 2pm
June: June 12, 2pm  

REGISTER for YYA Meeting

Join the YYA Coalition Discord! Scan the QR code or click here to join.
  • Connect with students across Ohio
  • Build community
  • Take action
  • Receive important updates about the state of Honest Education in Ohio.
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Wednesday, June 15 | Noon
A Conversation with Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
HOSTED BY: City Club of Cleveland

Wednesday, June 8 | 7pm
Culturally Responsive Education in Action: Policies that Advance Racial Equity
HOSTED BY: NYU Metro Center & Race Forward

June 13 - June 17
Montgomery to Selma Bus Tour
HOSTED BY: Akron Canton Association of Black Social Workers  
REGISTER: Call Penney 330-999-0312 to reserve your seat

Wednesday, June 22 | 7pm
How School Boards Work: Taking Leadership in Public Education and Serving on School Boards
HOSTED BY: NYU Metro Center & Race Forward

Wednesday, July 6 | 7pm
How Public Education is the Foundation for a Multiracial Democracy 
HOSTED BY: NYU Metro Center & Race Forward

June 27 - 28 | 9am - 3:30pm
Teaching Tough History: Social Justice in the Classroom
HOSTED BY: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Monday, July 11-22, 2022 | 1pm
Mapping Past & Present: Spirits & Beasts of East Asia
HOSTED BY: The OSU East Asian Studies Center and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia 
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In 1791, hundreds of  thousands enslaved people successfully revolted against their French colonial masters in Haiti.  After years of protracted war Haitians declared a free Black Republic in 1804.  They changed the name of their country from Saint Dominique to Haiti to reflect their Indigenous roots.
The profits from the large sugar and coffee plantations had  fueled the French economy.  It was so dangerous to be a slave on these plantations that up to one half of the enslaved died in the first year.  The over work , lack of health care, and disease lead to this early death.  In order to replenish the slave labor France again took to the African slave trade resulting in many of the enslaved being newly arrive Africans.  The Africans with their history of freedom served as many of the active leaders and organizers in the slave rebellion.
Despite his active support for the French Revolution President Thomas Jefferson refused to formally recognize the new Black Republic of Haiti and put in place an embargo.  His colleagues in the Senate offered their reasons not to recognize Haiti.  Senator Thomas Benton of Missouri declared that the United States should not recognize Haiti, saying "It will not permit Black consuls to establish themselves in our cities and to parade though our country." That was at a time where refugee slave holders from Haiti were beginning to settle in the United States, especially  in New Orleans.
Senator John Berrien of Georgia said, "official relations with Haiti would introduce  moral contagion that would make even the most horrifying  pestilence seem light and insignificant."
The prime worry about the the Haitian revolution was that enslaved people in the United States would hear about its success and they too would revolt.
The French wanted to be compensated for their lost slave property.  With armed ships outside of Haiti the French demanded to be paid,  The enormous debt crippled the emerging Haitian economy with some years debt payments were more than the spending on health care.  For decades Haiti had few resources to pay for education, infrastructure, and health care.
The United States actively entered tho debt process when a New York Bank, now Citicorp, took over the Haiti payments from  a French bank,  These debt payments often were more than the original ransom demanded by France.
In 1915 Citicorp worried about its investment  pressured the United States to intervene militarily even to the extent where US troops entered the Haitian Assembly and forcibly  removed its representatives.  US troops occupied Haiti for 15 years.
Secretary of State Robert Lansing wrote in 1918, “the African race are devoid of any capacity for political organization.”
With US support new dictators ruled Haiti for many moire decades.
The costs to Haiti were enormous with Haiti being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  Haitians even have a word for their extreme poverty, misery.
The actions of the French and the United States help focus on the famous quote from Gandhi.  When asked what did he think of Western civilization Gandhi replied, "That would be nice."
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