State Representative Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) 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 assert the right to collect unpaid school fees as a reason to refuse transfer of record.

“Continuity of education is a critical component of every child’s development, and our foster children have an even greater need for this continuity in the face of so much other disruption in their lives,” Pelanda said

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 by a vote of 94-0 and will now move to the Ohio Senate.

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