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The Ohio Conservative Coalition
Ohio Conservative Coalition ^ | Jan 2, 2002 | Gerry Poulos, Chairman, Ohio Conservative Coalition;

Posted on 01/02/2002 3:12:51 PM PST by rdf

Contact: Gerry Poulos, Chairman, Ohio Conservative Coalition;
Ph: (740) 439-3857; E-mail:; Website:

The Ohio Conservative Coalition is proud to announce the introduction of the
Founding of America Bill

January 2nd, 2002
Cambridge Ohio - The Ohio Conservative Coalition calls for praise of Ohio
House Diana M. Fessler of the 43rd District for the introduction today of
the Founding of America Bill. This legislation, originally proposed by the
Ohio Conservative Coalition, would require Ohio's public high schools to
teach students the primary founding documents of the United States,
including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution (with special
emphasis on the Bill of Rights), the Northwest Ordinance, and the Ohio
Constitution, free from political bias, as a requirement for graduation.
"For too long our schools, encouraged by those with a political axe to
grind, have been slipping in educating our young in the true meaning and
purposes of the this nation and its founding," stated Gerry Poulos, Chairman
of the Ohio Conservative Coalition. He continued, "It seems it has become
non-PC to mention the founders or their goals, dreams, and intentions in the
founding of our nation in the spirit in which they undertook the task - a
spirit of hope, faith and patriotism."

The Founding of America Bill, now House Bill 461, would not only require
these documents be taught, but it also insures that the material will not be
"glossed" over in a minimalist attempt to comply with the requirement. The
legislation would require a minimum of 1/6 unit (or 20 classroom hours) to
be spent on the documents and also requires the use of other texts from the
founding era. Among the texts to be used are the Federalist Papers and
Anti-Federalist Papers to firmly establish the historical evidence regarding
the creation, intent, and meaning of the founding documents and the
provisions they contain.

"We have no intention of simply stopping at the legislative end," stated
Poulos, "It is our intention [the Ohio Conservative Coalition] to provide
each and every public high school in Ohio, free of charge, with a complete
reference set of all available documents pertaining to the founding of our
nation, including letters written by the various founders, rough drafts of
the founding documents, the journals of the Continental Congress, notes on
debates, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, and many others." Poulos
concluded, "We don't want any school to find itself lacking in information
when it comes to the education of our young."

The next step for the legislation would be committee assignment and hearing.
The Bill will almost certainly find itself in the Ohio House Education
Committee chaired by Representative Jamie Callender (70th District). "It is
my most sincere hope that Rep. Callender sees it prudent to get the Bill
heard in committee as soon as possible," Poulos commented. "He has spoken
positively of it on radio programs in the past, and I hope he can see the
need to get this through so we can start the repair of our education system
at the beginning of classes next fall." Poulos added, "Any stalling in
committee now would mean that it would be the class of 2004 before our kids
start graduating with the information they need to function effectively as
citizens. That's simply to not acceptable - all of Ohio will be watching
this one closely."

Other Ohio House members sponsoring the legislation include Chuck Blasdel
(3rd District), John Boccieri (57th District), Tom Brinkman (37th District),
Kenneth Carano (63th District), Kevin DeWine (76th District), Keith Faber
(84th District), Tim Grendell (68th District), Jon Husted (41st District),
Bob Latta (4th District), Tom Lendrum (63th District), Linda Reidelbach
(26th District), Twula Roman (48th District), Tim Schaffer (6th District),
Derrick Seaver (85th District), Shawn Webster (60th District), John
Williamowski (1st District), and Ron Young (69th District).

For more information on the Founding of America Bill, status reports, or the
Ohio Conservative Coalition, please visit

TOPICS: Announcements; Government
KEYWORDS: federalistpapers
For information on other bills of this type, please visit Declaration Foundation

There are links there to Heritage, We the People, Torch of Freedom, Claremont, and other groups networking in civic education reform.

Happy New Year to all,

Richard F.

1 posted on 01/02/2002 3:12:51 PM PST by rdf
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To: rdf
A bump, with a God Speed!
2 posted on 01/02/2002 3:21:12 PM PST by Ohioan
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To: Ohioan
Thanks, and my best to you. I am hoping to come out to Ohio, with Ambassador Keyes, sometime this winter or spring to support this bill.

Richard F.

3 posted on 01/02/2002 3:25:02 PM PST by rdf
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To: rdf
If you get near Cincinnati, give me a call.

I am glad to see that my State Rep. is one of the sponsors.

4 posted on 01/02/2002 3:31:50 PM PST by Ohioan
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To: Ohioan
Send me a number via Freepmail, and I'll do it.

This bill should pass, IMHO.


Richard F.

5 posted on 01/02/2002 3:47:51 PM PST by rdf
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To: rdf
A buckeye bump.
6 posted on 01/02/2002 3:50:44 PM PST by IM2Phat4U
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To: Ohioan
Drop me a line with your e-mail (or phone) and I'll make sure you get a heads-up when plans are set for rdf and Dr. Keyes to come out if you like.

Gerry P.

7 posted on 01/02/2002 4:31:46 PM PST by GPoulos
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To: GPoulos
Hey neighbor...I live in Cambridge (don't know how I missed this) and I support this 100%. I'll be in touch via phone.
8 posted on 01/03/2002 2:25:07 AM PST by Rudder
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To: Rudder
Great! I look forward to hearing from you!


9 posted on 01/03/2002 5:26:04 AM PST by GPoulos
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To: GPoulos
10 posted on 01/03/2002 8:24:28 AM PST by Ohioan
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11 posted on 01/28/2002 8:16:24 PM PST by IM2Phat4U
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To: IM2Phat4U,dixie sass,47carollann,chesty puller,antivenom,bigun,smallstuff,pocat,sunshine,jd792,st
OHIO bumps
12 posted on 04/03/2002 1:36:07 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK
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