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Ohio state school board delays vote to denounce new federal LGBTQ protections

Brendan Shea
Jo Ingles
Ohio Publc Radio
Ohio State School Board Member Brendan Shea interacts with others at Ohio State School Board executive committee meeting on Oct. 31, 2022

The executive committee of Ohio’s State School Board heard testimony on a controversial anti-discrimination resolution to oppose federal changes to Title IX rules and the effect on parental rights and LGBTQ issues. However, the committee didn’t take any action on it on Monday.

The committee considered the original resolution, a similar amendment and a new shorter proposal put forward in the last hour of the meeting. It focused on the parental rights part of previous documents.

Brendan Shea, sponsor of the original resolution didn’t like it when the board president suggested the meeting end at 4 p.m. so staff members could go home for Trick or Treat night.

“I’m expressing frustration because I believe this is urgent,” Shea said.

There was no vote, and the committee will meet again on November 14.

The resolution, proposed by Shea, a financial business owner who has five homeschooled children, states that sex is “an unchangeable fact," and it says "[d]enying the reality of biological sex destroys foundational truths upon which education rests and irreparably damages children."

The board's September 20 meeting was packed with 61 people who testified against a controversial resolution supporting bills and legal actions that they said would allow schools to discriminate against LGBTQ students.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.