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Published January 19, 2023 9:27am EST

'Shocking' video exposes school officials plotting to 'trick' Ohio parents, teach CRT

Ohio school employees reveal how they can covertly push critical race theory even if the state bans it

By Bailee Hill | Fox News

Critics are outraged after shocking video surfaced of Ohio school officials discussing how they can push critical race theory covertly, working around school policies already in place. 

Protect Ohio Children Coalition co-chair Cathy Pultz, who is a former teacher herself, joined "Fox & Friends First" Thursday to discuss the bombshell video and the broader impact of the curriculum on the community. 

"It should be a parent and school partnership, and it's really not," Pultz told co-host Todd Piro. "In our district in Upper Arlington, the transparency has been a problem for years. They have their agenda. They get caught doing something. They get caught reading books without telling the parents. And they turn around and say, we're going to do an investigation, but then nothing happens."

"There have been no consequences for any of our teachers or staff when they're breaking board policy, and it is really frustrating," she continued. "And this is just another example of parents losing control of what's being taught to their children."

The video, showing Ohio school officials discussing how they can secretly advocate the controversial content even if the state banned it, was released by a conservative media watchdog, Accuracy in Media. 

The employees supposedly were not aware they were being recorded. 

"There's more than one way to skin a cat," Matthew Boaz, the executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion of Upper Arlington Schools, said. "You can pass a bill that you can't teach CRT in a classroom, but if you didn't cover programming, or you didn't cover extracurricular activities or something like that, that message might still get out. Oops."

Pultz, who knows Boaz personally, said she was "shocked" when she saw he was the one discussing the push, calling it "disappointing."

But Boaz wasn't the only one caught red-handed.

"If we have a certain content that we want to share with students, and they see one in word the language, it's like, oh, no, we can't do that," Hillary Staten, an administrative assistant for Groveport Madison schools, said in the video. "We have some parents… they don't fully understand. So… it's when we trick them, you know?"

The push to advocate CRT hasn't come without consequences, Pultz said. She noted how students have suffered as a result, as their academic progress continues to dwindle. 

"As a teacher, I'm more interested in teaching, making sure they know how to read right, do their math," Pultz said. "In our district and in many I know across Ohio, the academics have decreased significantly because so much is spent on teaching cultural issues as opposed to teaching the basics." "It's a battle," she continued. 

Upper Arlington Schools released a statement over the footage, noting the video was recorded under "false pretenses" and the district teaches its curriculum in accordance with state law. 

"Upper Arlington Schools and the Upper Arlington Board of Education are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and ensuring our schools are places where every student is welcomed, respected, celebrated and supported while receiving the highest quality education," Upper Arlington interim Superintendent Kathy Jenney wrote Wednesday. "This is a crucial part of ensuring that we live out our mission — to challenge and support every student, every step of the way."

"While we remain committed to DEI, critical race theory is not part of the district’s academic program," it continued. "The district follows the state learning standards and all laws in effect related to public education."

Groveport Madison schools also reacted to the video saying, "Accuracy in Media’s video grossly and irresponsibly mischaracterized a conversation with a Groveport Madison School District secretary that took place last summer."

"The video was taken without the secretary’s knowledge or permission, and the reporter and his colleague misrepresented themselves as new parents moving to the area," the statement continued. "The questioner manipulated the conversation in an effort to obtain sound bites fitting AIM’s agenda, then removed those statements from context."

The statement also noted the video has been referred to legal counsel to "consider all available options."

Pultz urged parents to take action in their own communities to have a voice in their kids' classrooms, arguing there is "strength in numbers."

"It is an uphill battle because we have a very involved community, but we just have to constantly be on them," Pultz said. "And you got… to have people who run for school board… who will listen to you."

by Accuracy in Media Staff 

on January 17, 2023


Administrators and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion officers across the state of Ohio are revealing that bans on the teaching of Critical Race Theory won’t stop them. Some employees at Columbus-area schools even revealed to Accuracy in Media’s investigators just some of their deceptive tactics for sneaking in CRT indoctrination.



“You can pass a bill that you can’t teach Critical Race Theory in a classroom, but if you didn’t cover programming or you didn’t cover extracurricular activities or anything like that, that message might still get out,” Matthew L. Boaz, executive director of DEI at Upper Arlington Schools, told AIM investigators on hidden camera video. 

“Oops,” he joked. “There will be a way.”

Boaz isn’t the only one with an affinity for deceiving parents about their children’s education. According to Hilary Staten, an administrative assistant for Groveport Madison Schools, “We had some parents that, you know, they don’t fully understand.”

“So, you know, it’s when we trick them, you know,” Staten said. 

Despite Republican lawmakers’ efforts to put forth bills barring schools from teaching children CRT, these educators have made it clear that they will find ways to force it in. 

Ohio’s House Bill 616 made headlines last year, drawing comparisons to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, which left-wing activists smeared as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. 

HB616 would have prohibited the “teaching or providing training that promotes or endorses divisive or inherently racist concepts.” However, it did not advance out of Ohio’s House. 

Even if this bill had moved forward or even been signed by the governor, it’s clear that these school administrators would have worked around it. 

A new solution may be available, however. This month, Ohio Sen. Sandra O’Brien introduced the Enact the Parent Educational Freedom Act. The bill, SB11, would greatly expand school choice in the state.  

The measure would do this by expanding eligibility for the existing Educational Choice scholarships. Further, the bill would increase the income tax credit available to cover homeschooling expenses.

With administrators admitting that CRT is non-negotiable in state-run schools, this new legislation provides an avenue for parents to educate their children in suitable private institutions or even through homeschooling. 

Boaz admitted to investigators that he tells people CRT is not in his school’s curriculum. “You didn’t ask about the conversations in the hallway,” he said. 

“Those conversations are happening,” he assured. “Absolutely, but you know, when people ask us questions, we answer their questions. But, yes, we absolutely have those conversations going on.”

Boaz is confident that he’ll be able to handle concerned parents who eventually find out about the way CRT is being implemented.

“I mean, that will probably get discussed in 17 classrooms before somebody actually brings it in here,” he boasted. “And then we’ll deal with it.”

Melissa Klosterman-Lando, director of employee relations and human resources at Bexley City Schools, echoed this confidence.

“We would find parameters from which we could, absolutely,” she told AIM investigators. Klosterman-Lando was referring to the school’s plans for still incorporating CRT into learning if bills banning it are signed into law. 

Some of the ways these educators implement CRT include calling it by another name. One of these is Social-Emotional Learning

On camera, Staten agreed that she believes SEL is a good way to sneak CRT into classrooms. 

“We do focus a lot of—so with the federal funds that got awarded … for the pandemic, we put a social worker and a guidance counselor in every single building and we incorporated a lot of materials that were focused on the social, emotional wellbeing,” she explained. 

Another way schools are passing off CRT is through Newsela. The online education platform is notably connected to the Left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as revisionist historian Howard Zinn, and the debunked New York Times 1619 Project.

AIM has found Newsela’s use in countless classrooms across the country already. 

“We use Newsela in a couple of different capacities,” Staten said. “We use it for not only some of our like core content, so our social studies uses it. But we use it as a supplement for language arts also.” 

Boaz explained to AIM’s investigators that he plans to implement his DEI goals under the nose of parents by revealing it in bits and pieces. “They’re not going to be supportive if I lay out everything we’re going to do,” he divulged. However, if he introduces one concept at a time, he claims people will not realize just how much he is doing. 

“Five years we look back and like, what the hell happened?” he added. 

As these administrators have demonstrated, bills combatting CRT will not stop them. Instead, embracing school choice has become the only viable step forward for parents. AIM’s investigation into Columbus, Ohio educators reveals just how deceptive they’re willing to be, and why the newly introduced Enact the Parent Educational Freedom Act is necessary. 

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