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The Ohio General Assembly recently passed legislation to incorporate the study of historically significant documents into the government curriculum for Ohio's students. Senate Bill 165 requires the State Board of Education to incorporate the original texts of the Declaration of Independence, Northwest Ordinance, U.S. Constitution and the Ohio Constitution into students' social studies classes. These standards are required to be in place on July 1, 2012, and the State Board of Education will revise the achievement tests to include this new content. The goal is to emphasize the original text, which will give students a better historical context. Magnificent and monumental, these founding documents established the foundation for all future U.S. and Ohio government actions. Founding father, George Mason, wrote to his son during the Constitutional Convention, "The eyes of the United States are turned upon this Assembly and their expectations raised to a very anxious degree. May God grant that we may be able to gratify them, by establishing a wise and just government." As George Washington was nominated to serve as President for the Constitutional Convention, he convened the work of brilliant minds who came together and brought our country these powerful papers. They played an extraordinary role at an extraordinary time. It is still one of the best examples today of cooperation, compromise, statesmanship and judiciousness. Senate Bill 165 will raise awareness about the importance of our founding documents. It will also raise the level of education our students have about the establishment of our government. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or concerns about any state-related matter. You can reach my office by phone at (614) 466-0626, by e-mail at or by writing State Senator Scott Oelslager, Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215.
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