Ohio School Board Debates Sexual Orientation Rule

The State Board of Education is divided over a proposal to protect teachers from being fired because of their sexual orientation.(Photo: Katie Parker)
The State Board of Education is divided over a proposal to protect teachers from being fired because of their sexual orientation.(Photo: Katie Parker)

A proposal to protect Ohio school teachers from being fired on the basis of sexual orientation has divided the state school board.

Backers of the proposed policy change told the Ohio Board of Education on Tuesday that the move would encourage the hiring and retention of the brightest teachers and set an example of inclusion for gay, lesbian and transgendered youth.

Board member C. Todd Jones questioned whether adding such nondiscrimination language would impose a policy on parochial and Christian schools that violates the tenets of their faith.

Equality Ohio executive director Elyzabeth Holford says Republican Gov. John Kasich already signed an executive order applied to state workers that opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation.

She said this would be an extension of that sentiment.

No vote is scheduled.

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  • disqus_Rrj1iJCDh1

    My tax dollars supporting charter and Christian schools violates my non-beliefs, but I pay anyway. Tit for tat?