State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) 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 who fall into these kinds of situations should not have to bear further consequences as a result of their school records not being passed along,” Romanchuk said. “This bill will help ensure a smoother transition and keep the child’s education at the top of the priority list.”

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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