Statement from Chairman Paduchik on Nan Whaley’s Support of Teaching Critical Race Theory in K-12 Schools

COLUMBUS—Statement from Chairman Bob Paduchik on the U.S. Conference of Mayors, run by Nan Whaley, resolution to support the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in public K-12 schools:

“Ohioans now know that Nan Whaley supports teaching K-12 children that, based solely on the color of their skin, they are oppressors or victims. Ohio schools should only teach our children that they are defined by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”




Background Information: Nan Whaley, who serves as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, adopted the following resolution that advocates for the teaching of controversial, Marxist-based theories that divide Americans.

2021 Adopted Resolutions

In Support of Critical Race Theory in Public K-12 Education

Resolution Number: 68

WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory (“CRT”) is the practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society, in which racism can be seen across systemic, institutional and interpersonal levels operating over the course of time and across generations; and

WHEREAS, historical racism and racist systems have caused de jure and de facto discrimination against people of color and have created racial inequities in all facets of life in the United States, and these racial inequities continue to the present day; and

WHEREAS, the basic tenets of CRT are as follows:

  1. Recognition that race is not biologically real, but it is socially constructed and socially significant as a product of social thought not connected to biological reality;
  2. Acknowledgement that racism is a normal feature of society and is embedded within systems and institutions, like the legal system, that replicate racial inequality, meaning that racist incidents are not aberrations but instead manifestations of structural and systemic racism;
  3. Rejection of popular understandings about racism, including claims of meritocracy, colorblindness, and arguments that confine racism to a few bad apples, in recognition that the systemic nature of racism, which is codified in law, embedded in structures, and woven into public policy, bears primary responsibility for reproducing racial inequality;
  4. Recognition of the relevance of people’s everyday lives to scholarship, embracing the lived experiences of people of color, including those preserved through storytelling, and rejecting deficit-informed research that excludes the epistemologies of people of color; and

WHEREAS, CRT transcends a Black/white racial binary and recognizes that racism has impacted the experiences of various people of color, including Latinx, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and other racial groups; and

WHEREAS, this evolving, malleable practice critiques how the social construction of race and institutionalized racism perpetuate a racial caste system that relegates people of color to the bottom tiers and recognizes that race intersects with other identities, including sexuality and gender identity; and

WHEREAS, CRT recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past, but instead acknowledges that the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation; and

WHEREAS, it can be used to theorize, examine, and challenge the ways which race and racism implicitly and explicitly impact social structures, practices, and discourses; and

WHEREAS, CRT notes that learning and scholarship that ignores race is not demonstrating “neutrality” but adherence to the existing racial hierarchy, challenging white privilege and exposing deficit-informed research that ignores, and often omits, the scholarship of people of color; and

WHEREAS, Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC) have experienced a gap in achievement compared to their White counterparts, and these students need an equitable allocation of resources to fill in the gaps; and

WHEREAS, the examination of racial inequities and education gaps between white students and students of color must consider the following factors:

  1. the predominance of curriculum that excludes the history and lived experiences of Americans of color and imposes a dominant white narrative of history;
  2. deficit-oriented instruction that characterizes students of color as in need of remediation;
  3. narrow assessments, the results of which are used to confirm narratives about the ineducability of children of color;
  4. school discipline policies that disproportionately impact students of color and compromise their educational outcomes (such as dress code policies prohibiting natural Black hairstyles);
  5. school funding inequities, including the persistent underfunding of property-poor districts, many of which are composed primarily of children of color; and
  6. the persistence of racially segregated education.

WHEREAS, mayors understand that policies focused on equity can reduce gaps within public institutions, including public-school systems; and

WHEREAS, policymakers and educators have the opportunity to identify solutions and implement evidence-based programs that advance academic achievement and provide culturally-aware resources for students of color for post-secondary and career readiness,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the nation’s mayors support the implementation of CRT in the public education curriculum to help engage our youth in programming that reflects an accurate, complete account of BIPOC history; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors supports access to equitable programs that reflect history, decrease achievement gaps, and better ensure that BIPOC students receive resources to ensure their success upon the completion of their primary education.






Statement from Ohio Republican Party Chairman on Justice DeWine’s Decision to Seek Reelection

COLUMBUS—Chairman Bob Paduchik issued the following statement on Justice Pat DeWine’s reelection bid for his current Ohio Supreme Court seat:

“Ohio Republicans can be proud that Justice Pat DeWine will seek reelection on the Supreme court.  Justice DeWine is a principled conservative, dedicated to judicial restraint, and committed to defending the rule of law. Justice DeWine’s decision gives our party the strongest possible conservative majority on the court.

“We look forward to supporting Justices Kennedy, Fischer, and DeWine to keep Ohio’s Supreme Court in Republican hands.”



Chairman Paduchik Statement on President Biden’s CNN Town Hall in Cincinnati

COLUMBUS, OH—Chairman Bob Paduchik released the following statement on President Biden’s CNN town hall in Cincinnati:

“Tonight, President Joe Biden will visit a great city suffering from devastating levels of violent crime caused by the failed leadership of Democrat Mayor John Cranley.

“Just like how Joe Biden failed to protect Americans and our southern border, John Cranley is failing to protect Cincinnatians as they face the third highest homicide rate per capita in the nation.”




Statement from Chairman Paduchik on Signing of the Most Conservative Budget in Ohio Legislative History

COLUMBUS—Chairman Bob Paduchik issued the following statement on Governor DeWine’s signing of the FY2022 and FY2023 budget:

“Ohio working families can be proud of Republican leaders Governor DeWine, Senate President Huffman, and Speaker Cupp.

“While Washington Democrats are fighting to raise taxes, Ohioans are benefiting from the largest personal income tax cut in state history. Not only does this pro-growth budget return billions of dollars to taxpayers, it ensures that our children have access to quality education regardless of where they live.”

“This budget reaffirms what we already know: Republican leadership works. It is the reason Ohio is a top 10 state to do business, and why a company like Peloton chose to build its first domestic manufacturing plant in Ohio.”



Ohio Republican Party Statement on Tim Ryan’s Demands to End the Senate Filibuster

COLUMBUS, OH—The Ohio Republican Party Communications Director Tricia McLaughlin released the following statement on Tim Ryan’s dangerous calls to end the Senate Filibuster:

“Today ‘moderate’ Tim Ryan went on MSNBC to demand an end to the filibuster. Make no mistake, this blatant power grab will undermine the checks and balances of American democracy. Tim Ryan and other Democrats should be careful what they wish for —2022 is right around the corner.”


ORP Statement on S.1

COLUMBUS, OH—The Ohio Republican Party Executive Director Justin Bis released the following statement on the Democrats’ S.1 power grab:

“Among numerous democracy eroding provisions, the Senate’s version of H.R. 1 would strip states of commonsense voter ID laws and would take Ohio taxpayer dollars to bankroll politicians’ campaigns in states they don’t even live in. The decision to make a political donation should be personal –not mandated by the federal government.”


Chairman Paduchik Statement on Jennifer Brunner Running for Chief Justice

COLUMBUS, OH— Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Paduchik released the following statement on Jennifer Brunner, who was just elected Justice in November, running for Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court:

“It is hard to fathom why a Justice who was elected just over six months ago and has not yet written a majority opinion would ask to be promoted to Chief Justice.

“Ohioans deserve a qualified Chief Justice who is steady and principled, not someone who is singularly focused on self-serving promotions.”






ORP Communications Director Tricia McLaughlin on Vice President Kamala Harris’s Visit to Cincinnati

COLUMBUS, OH— Ohio Republican Party Communications Director Tricia McLaughlin issued the following statement on Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to the wrong border:

“It has been 37 days since President Biden tapped Kamala Harris to lead the response to the humanitarian crisis at our nation’s southern border.

“Instead, Vice President Harris is hanging out at the Ohio-Kentucky border trying to sell a $2 trillion ‘infrastructure’ plan, of which just 7 percent goes toward actual infrastructure like roads and bridges.

“If Vice President Kamala Harris would visit the overflowing migrant camps ~1,500 miles south, she would see that, unlike her infrastructure bill, the crisis at the border is no Potemkin village.”



ORP Executive Director Justin Bis Statement on 100 Days Under the Biden-Harris Administration

COLUMBUS, OH— Ohio Republican Party Executive Director Justin Bis issued the following statement on President Biden’s hundredth day in office:

“It took less than 100 days in office for Biden-Harris to bow to the far-left wing of the Democrat party. President Biden and VP Harris are frivolously selling a job-crushing Green New Deal, supporting dangerous efforts to pack the U.S. Supreme Court and dividing the nation by lying about Georgia’s election law.

“Perhaps equally disturbing is the radical, elitist nominees cycled out of Ivy League faculty lounges into policy roles without a lick of on-the-job experience. As a former Associate Director of Presidential Personnel at the White House, I know people are policy.

“It’s disheartening to see out-of-touch ideologues implement policy that is upending the American economy, destroying jobs and further eroding public trust in our democratic institutions. Such divisive picks will only further polarize Americans.”