Truancy reform bill passes in Ohio house, heads to the Senate

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio schools could soon change the way they discipline students for missing class through a new bill.

Just this week, the proposed bill was passed unanimously by the Ohio House and now heads to the senate.

If passed, the bill would prevent districts from being able to suspend students for missing class. Supporters of the bill ultimately want to decrease the amount of time a student is out of the school.

The bill would also keep schools from forwarding truancy cases to the court system. Instead of appearing before a judge, students would meet with a panel of teachers and administrators along with their parent or guardian to discuss to the truancy problems.

2 NEWS reached out to Dayton Public Schools to ask about their policy on truancy, they say at this time they strongly discourage the use of suspension to deter unexcused absences.

Dayton Education Association President David Romick–who worked with with state officials to develop this legislation says it’s important in furthering the education of our young people.

“As a representative of teachers in the City of Dayton. We can’t teach students who aren’t there,” Romick said. “We have to have them in school and in class to be able to teach them and give them the skills they need and naturally that will increase achievement.”

As the bill heads to the Ohio Senate, Romick say they expect it pass in Senate and be signed into law before the term is up.

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