SB121

Health Freedom Ohio Opposes SB121

The bill would require Ohio’s Board of Education to adopt health standards based on the existing CDC Healthy Schools National Health Education Standards and implement these standards by July 1st, 2020. The bill repeals current law that prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting or revising any standards or curriculum in the area of health unless the standards, curriculum, or revisions are approved by both houses of the General Assembly through a concurrent resolution, except for venereal diseases. Additionally, the bill repeals a provision that requires both the House and Senate education committees to conduct at least one public hearing on the standards, curriculum, or revisions prior to voting on the concurrent resolution.  


 Link to National Health Standards, highly recommend you review them:

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/sher/standards/index.htm


SB121 Bill analysis

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/download?key=11718&format=pdf&fbclid=IwAR1VGJC59gW0OYhDbkdUbhq4oa6EHsSWtE4W-CmwWiba9EQFPLixKajnEUk


Talking Points:

  • Removes Public Involvement (except for venereal diseases) -The bill repeals current law that prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting or revising any standards or curriculum in the area of health unless the standards, curriculum, or revisions are approved by both houses of the General Assembly through a concurrent resolution. Additionally, the bill repeals a provision that requires both the House and Senate education committees to conduct at least one public hearing on the standards, curriculum, or revisions prior to voting on the concurrent resolution. 
  • Extra legislation, No Need for the Bill –  Currently Ohio law (ORC 3313.60) requires local school districts to establish health education curriculum including nutrition, drug abuse, venereal diseases, personal safety, healthy relationships, etc.
  • Special Interest Group Influence - Special interests have an open door to influencing health standards when the public and legislative body are removed from the process. This includes comprehensive sexual education which has repeatedly failed in the legislature.
  • Government Overreach –School Districts should continue to decide and implement health standards. Parents are and will continue to be the most influential people in a child’s life and must maintain an active role in establishing health standards for their children.
  • Lack of Evidence/Presumed Health Outcomes – Proponent testimony of SB121 did not provide evidence that state established health standards reduced incidence of childhood obesity, pre-diabetes, or improved health outcomes in any of the other 49 states with established health standards. The support testimony just assumed that state established health standards would translate to better health outcomes in Ohio students. 
  • Fails to address real health concerns, such as low-quality food served by schools - Standards will not establish better health outcomes (decrease obesity, pre-diabetes, etc) without improving better access to nutrition/lunches.
  • Share your school’s lunch menu - This will illustrate the chemical laden foods provided by the schools, trading fresh healthy foods for highly processed long shelf life products. 
  • Unrealistic Expectations – Simply establishing state health standards will not address complex healthcare, socioeconomic, and food industry issues (i.e. obesity, pre-diabetes, access to nutritious foods, etc.)


This bill is currently in the Senate Education Committee. Consider viewing proponent testimony here (begins at 26 minute mark): https://ohiochannel.org/collections/ohio-senate-education-committee


Call, email, tweet the Senate Education Committee:

 

Senator Peggy Lehner (R District 6)

Phone: (614) 466-4538

Fax:  (614) 466-8261 (General Senate Fax – Label well)

Email: lehner@ohiosenate.gov

Address: 1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor,  Columbus, OH 43215

Twitter: @peggylehner

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StateSenatorPeggyLehner/


Senator Teresa Fedor (D District 11)

Phone: (614) 466-5204

Fax: (614) 466-8261 (General Senate Fax – Label well)

Email: Fedor@ohiosenate.gov

Address: 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215

Twitter:  @teresafedor

Facebook: can only find an old page from the House of Reps (https://www.facebook.com/repteresafedor/)


Senator Andrew O. Brenner (R District 19)

Phone: (614) 466-8086

Fax: (614) 466-8261 (General Senate Fax – Label well)

Email: brenner@ohiosenate.gov

Address: 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215

Twitter: @brennerforohio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrennerForOhio/


Senator William P. Coley, II (R District 4)

Phone: (614) 466-8072

Fax: (614) 466-8261 (General Senate Fax – Label well)

Email: Coley@ohiosenate.gov

Address: 1 Capitol Square, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215

Twitter: @billcoleyOH

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BillColeyOH/


Senator Theresa Gavarone (R District 2)

Phone: (614) 466-8060

Fax: (614) 466-8261 (General Senate Fax – Label well)

Email: gavarone@ohiosenate.gov

Address: 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215

Twitter: @theresagavarone

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theresagavarone/


Senator Matt Huffman (R District 12)

Phone: (614) 466-7584

Fax: (614) 466-8261 (General Senate Fax – Label well)

Email: Huffman@ohiosenate.gov

Address: 1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215

Twitter: @matthuffman1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MattHuffmanOH/


Senator Stephen A. Huffman (R District 5)

Phone: (614) 466-6247

Fax: (614) 466-8261 (General Senate Fax – Label well)

Email: shuffman@ohiosenate.gov

Address: 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215

Twitter:  @SteveHuffmanOH

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/statesenatorstevehuffman/


Senator Tina Maharath (D District 3)

Phone: (614) 466-6247

Fax: (614) 466-8261 (General Senate Fax – Label well)

Email:  Maharath@ohiosenate.gov

Address: 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215

Twitter: @TinaOHSen3

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TinaMaharath/


Senator Nathan H. Manning (R District 13)

Phone: (614) 644-7613

Fax: (614) 466-8261 (General Senate Fax – Label well)

Email: Manning@ohiosenate.gov

Address: 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215

Twitter: @Manning_Nathan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ManningForOhio/


Senate President Larry Obhof 

Phone: (614) 466-7505

Fax: (614) 466-8261 (General Senate Fax – Label well)

Email: Obhof@ohiosenate.gov 

Address: 1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor Columbus, OH 43215

Twitter: @LarryObhof 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LarryObhofOH/ 

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Opposition Testimony SB121

 Powerful testimony revealing flaws in the push for the state of Ohio to adopt National Health Standards.