State Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 14, which requires the release to another district or school the records of a child who is alleged an abused, neglected or dependent child.

The legislation will provide educational stability and continuity for children who are at the center of abuse, neglect or dependency complaints in juvenile court. These children are often temporarily denied access to an education while institutions sort out which entity is responsible for educating the child. Release of student records are frequently delayed as children are moved from one jurisdiction to another.

“Children should have uninterrupted access to an education, especially when the reason they are being kept from school is no fault of their own,” Rep. Hill said. “These children are often in the midst of a great deal of personal turmoil, and schooling offers a sense of stability in their lives.”

Sara Biehl, the policy director for the Ohio branch of the Children’s Defense Fund, testified before the House Education Committee that the provisions of House Bill 14 “would be a huge step forward for foster children and would put Ohio on the path toward ensuring educational stability for children in the child welfare system.”

House Bill 14 passed unanimously and will now move to the Ohio Senate.

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