DRO submits comments on Ohio Senate bill that could negatively affect students with disabilities

December 6, 2017 / legislation

Disability Rights Ohio Executive Director Michael Kirkman recently sent a letter to state legislators working on Senate Bill 216, which intends to “deregulate” Ohio’s education system but could negatively impact students with disabilities. If the bill passes, it could potentially:

  • Lower the hours of required special instruction 
  • Remove licensure requirements for aides and substitute aides (which would eliminate the requirement for ongoing background checks)
  • Allow for teachers and substitutes to instruct students with disabilities without proper training
  • Leave out many students from being properly included in data collection.

Read our letter here. You can see who sits on the Ohio Senate Education Committee, find their contact information and watch a hearing on the bill on the committee's website

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