FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 13, 2022
Campaign for Our Shared Future Announces a $300,000 Ad Buy In Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Missouri
Washington, D.C. - The Campaign for Our Shared Future (COSF), a common ground effort committed to fighting the attack on public education across the country, has announced a $300,000 ad buy in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Missouri, condemning divisive anti-education efforts.
The Ohio ad criticizes state lawmakers’ dangerous genital inspection bill targeting youth sports. The bill would give public access to young girls’’ private parts by requiring any female student athlete to have a full external and internal genital inspection if accused or suspected of being transgender. This ad campaign launched the same week that the Ohio State Board of Education voted on a resolution that attempted to invalidate protections for LGBTQ+ children. COSF is encouraging parents to tell Ohio lawmakers to keep their hands off their children.
In Pennsylvania, the ad highlights recent attacks on school libraries, which have led to one school district leading the nation with the most banned books. COSF is calling on parents to protect their children’s rights to learn about Rosa Parks, Anne Frank, and Martin Luther King Jr.
The Missouri ad calls on parents to condemn hateful rhetoric used by Rockwood Missouri school board member Jessica Clark. Instead of focusing on the needs of all children, Clark mocks students with disabilities and pushes divisive issues in order to appeal to an extremist base.
“Across the country, families and students are being failed by extremist politicians who care more about pushing divisive culture wars than providing a high quality age-appropriate education. Students and parents care deeply about that mission but don’t always know about what’s getting in the way or what to do about it,” says Heather Harding Ed.D., COSF executive director. “These ads will draw attention to these important issues and remind families of the consequences of allowing our children to be used as political pawns.”
The Campaign for Our Shared Future (COSF) is a non-partisan effort to support high quality K-12 education and preserve access, inclusion, and meaningful content in our schools so that every student has an opportunity to succeed and thrive. COSF is a common ground effort committed to fighting the attack on education across the country.