Behning: House supports bill helping students in foster care

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, January 30, 2018 9:08 am

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2018) — The House of Representatives voted Monday in support of a bill that would provide a critical next step in meeting the needs of Hoosier students in foster care co-authored by State Reps. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) and Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis).

According to Behning, only 56 percent of children in foster care graduate from high school, with three percent graduating from college. This proposal would task the Department of Education, the Department of Child Services and the State Board of Education with preparing an annual report on educational outcomes of youth in foster care.

“One of the key components for being successful in school is parental involvement,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “Without this critical piece of the puzzle, these students are at risk of falling through the cracks. This legislation ensures that someone is looking out for the best interests of these kids and following their academic progress, with the hope that schools can provide additional resources and support if necessary.”

Frizzell said the findings of this report could provide direction on how to improve graduation rates in the state.

“Children in foster care are juggling so many issues outside of school that their attention is oftentimes focused on concerns they’re facing at home,” said Frizzell, chair of the House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs. “While the foster care system is designed to ensure young Hoosiers have a strong support system at home, there are many factors that can hinder a child’s scholastic performance. Tracking academic progress will better equip the relevant state agencies to advocate on behalf of these children, such as developing a remediation plan.”

House Bill 1314 can now be considered by the Senate. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov.

 

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

A high-resolution photo of Behning can be downloaded by clicking here.