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Ohio State Board of Education abolishes anti-racism and equity resolution passed in wake of George Floyd’s murder


After George Floyd’s death last year, the Ohio State Board of Education passed the Resolution to Condemn Racism and Advance Equity and Opportunity for Black Students, Indigenous Students and Students of Color. It was repealed Wednesday night. (Joel Bissell | Bissell | COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Board of Education rescinded an anti-racism and equity resolution that it passed last year in the wake of the George Floyd murder, replacing it Wednesday night with a statement that seeks to promote academic excellence without “respect to race, ethnicity or creed.”

The four-hour debate Wednesday night echoed arguments heard in school boards in Ohio and across the country over racial justice and education.

The majority of board members who voted in favor of replacing the resolution agreed that there are test performance gaps between Black, Indigenous and students of color and their white peers. But the new resolution states that there are also gaps in academic achievement “among additional diverse groups such as economically-disadvantaged students.”

Ten board members voted for the resolution, seven voted against it. Two were not present for the vote.

(Read the resolution below. For a PDF version, click here .)

“It’s a bigger picture,” said Stark County board member […]

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