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Ohio lawmakers rush to finish bills on the death penalty, fireworks, education reforms and more

Laura A. Bischoff, Columbus Bureau – Dayton Daily News |

Through Thursday night, action was taken on a handful of bills. Of note: 

Education Policy: The Senate passed House Bill 409 in a 32-0 vote, which would prohibit the state from giving schools report card ratings for 2020-21, free schools from holding back third-graders for not passing the state reading test this year, and allow schools to hire substitute teachers without a Bachelor’s degree for this year only. 

Another bill calls for optional training on food allergy recognition in K-12 schools, and yet another bill creates a screening program for children with dyslexia.

Juvenile Sentencing: Offenders younger than 18 could no longer be sentenced to life without parole and would be given the opportunity for parole after 18 or 25 years in prison. Prisoners who committed their offenses before age 18 would automatically be resentenced. Senate Bill 256 passed the House 75-9

Read more on the other bills not necessarily related to children and education

HB 111 Senate – Reported – Transmit transfer student records within five school days

HB 231 Senate – Passed – Enact Allison Rose Suhy Act regarding food allergy training

HB 409 Senate – Passed – Regards attendance at computer-based community schools

HB 436 Senate – Passed – Regards screening and intervention for children with dyslexia

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