COLUMBUS: The Ohio legislature has cleared a bill that would require students in grades 4-12 be taught the original texts of the state and U.S. constitutions, the Declaration of Independence and other documents.
The House voted 63-29 on Wednesday, while the Senate passed it on a 32-1 vote. It now goes before Gov. John Kasich.
The bill would require high school end-of-course examinations in American history and American government, and at least 20 percent of the government exam would relate to the documents by the 2013-2014 school year.
Critics of the legislation have included Democrats who say the documents are culturally narrow, failing to include texts such as the Bill of Rights, Emancipation Proclamation and Constitutional amendments that address women’s rights, and civil rights.