(Columbus Dispatch, 9/14/21) Ohio’s top attorney doesn’t support teaching critical race theory in K-12 schools, but he can’t say for certain whether an anti-racist resolution violated state or federal laws.
“As the legal opinion points out, a generally permissible goal (an accurate teaching of history) may be accomplished by impermissible means …,” Attorney General Dave Yost wrote in a letter to Ohio’s State Board of Education. “The devil is in the details.”
“What I can say is this: the curricula and standards will be contrary to law if they treat students differently on the basis of race,” Yost wrote. That kind of lesson plan would violate the U.S. Constitution, Ohio Constitution and the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.