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Plan Requires Schools To Get Involved Early With Truant Students

Rep. Jeff Rezabek (R-Dayton) discusses his bill with supporters behind him
Andy Chow
Rep. Jeff Rezabek (R-Dayton) discusses his bill with supporters behind him

A new system that prevents truant students from being thrown out of school is moving forward. 

The House just passed a bill requiring schools to create intervention teams that would step in when a child is consistently absent. 

That team will meet with the student and their parents to try to fix the situation to avoid going to court.

Republican Representative JeffRezabekof Dayton says they wanted to give more power to each school because every case is different.

“This is all about making sure the child becomes educated and can be a prosperous citizen in the future. That’s why we wanted that team approach that individual approach to address that truancy,” said Rezabek.

The state’s two biggest teachers unions say they’re neutral right now but welcome the opportunity to add more input to the issue.

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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.