Today, the “Campaign to Save World History in Ohio’s School” moved one step closer to its goal of keeping world history as a graduation requirement for Ohio’s high school students. Yesterday, the Ohio Senate Education Standing Committee voted unanimously to support Senator LaRose’s sponsored legislation (Senate Bill 96) that requires Ohio’s students to successfully complete before graduating from high school:
…at least one unit of instruction in the study of world history and cultures from around the world other than that of the United States.
The bill now moves to the floor of the entire Ohio Senate for deliberation and a vote. Having the whole weight of the Senate Education Standing Committee gives us great hopes in advancing this bill out of the Senate before their recess.
The Campaign needs your help now more than ever! Please, continue to contact your elected House of Representative Members- especially, those in the House Education StandingCommittee. Feel free to use the letter template provided by the Ohio Council for the Social Studies. Also, be sure to sign and share our petition (on Facebook and Twitter, and over discussions) with friends, family, and vested groups and networks.
In a few weeks, Corbin Moore (President of the Ohio Council for the Social Studies) and I will testify to the Ohio State School Board on why they should support Senate Bill 96. It’s important that we gain their support in advancing this legislation through the House and onward to the Governor’s desk.
Please, know that while we still have a way to go, today was a huge step forward for the Campaign. Your previous efforts and all of your contributions have led us to where we are today.