State Representative Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 21, legislation that requires community schools to annually verify the resident school district of its students and new enrollees.

The bill requires community schools, instead of the school district itself, to confirm the residency of its students, which will improve accuracy for the allocation of state funds. Community schools must review residency records monthly and provide the Ohio Department of Education with an enrollment report annually.

“This concern originated from a monthly meeting with the school superintendents in Medina County,” said Hambley. “If the money in the state system of education is going to follow the child, House Bill 21 will help make sure it is coming from the correct accounts.”

Under current law, school districts must determine residency. Oftentimes, however, districts are never in contact with students, particularly when they attend a community school upon entering kindergarten, or lose contact once students transfer. Under the bill, districts would be able to review and dispute claims of residency. House Bill 21 had the support of Auditor of State Dave Yost, Ohio Education Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio Association of School Business Officials, and Ohio School Boards Association, and was passed unanimously in the House Education and Career Readiness Committee.

House Bill 21 now awaits further deliberation by the Ohio Senate. 

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