The Ohio Press Network covers AIM’s CRT investigation
February 5, 2023
Originally published at The Ohio Press Network
Ohio school administrators admit to tricking parents about CRT in schools
Hannah Poling | January 18, 2023
Mere days after Republican State Senator Sandra O’Brien (R-Ashtabula) re-introduced the Parental Education Freedom Act to empower parents to be the primary decision-makers regarding where and what type of education their children receive, an undercover investigation has revealed that school administrators in Columbus, Ohio, are sneaking Critical Race Theory (CRT) into the classroom.
As part of Accuracy in Media‘s investigation, numerous school administrators admitted that teachers are sneakily and covertly introducing CRT to their students unbeknownst to their parents and that they don’t plan to stop even if lawmakers pass legislation prohibiting this.
According to Matthew Boaz, executive director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Upper Arlington, Ohio, they will teach what they want regardless of any potential legislation.
“There is more than one way to skin a cat. If you pass a bill banning Critical Race Theory, but if you don’t cover programming and extracurricular activities, the message will still get out there. Oops,” Boaz said.
Boaz continued to explain that when a parent comes up to him with concern regarding a controversial topic rather than laying out the details of what’s going on he only discusses one facet emphasizing the focus on supporting the students.
According to Ashley Staten, an administrative assistant in Groveport, Ohio, her district uses similar tactics to keep parents in the dark.
“We have some parents that you know they don’t fully understand, so we ‘trick them,’” Staten said.
According to Staten, they use Newsela in a couple of different capacities.
“We use it for not only some of our core content, our social studies use it, and we use it as a supplement for language arts also,” Staten said.