A new Ohio law on school truancy and discipline was signed by Governor Kasich on January 4, 2016 after being passed by the Ohio Senate on December 8, 2016. While the school discipline amendments that the Schubert Center supported were not included in the final version of the bill, the bill’s passage was still a victory for decriminalizing truancy and improving school discipline. The final bill calls for the State Board of Education to develop a model policy for violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior, including excessive absences, that stresses preventative strategies and alternatives to suspension or expulsion. This model policy should then be distributed to each school and school district. In addition, the Department of Education shall develop materials to assist school districts in providing teacher and staff training on the implementation of the strategies included in the model policy. Read more about this bill here.
Some provisions in HB 410 went into effect on April 6, 2017. For more information on the provisions, click here.