House passes DeVonís bill helping students in foster care

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, January 29, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2018) — The House of Representatives voted today in support of State Rep. Dale DeVon’s (R-Granger) bill that would provide a critical next step in meeting the needs of Hoosier students in foster care.

According to DeVon, 56 percent of children in foster care graduate from high school, with three percent graduating from college. DeVon is proposing a new law that would task the Department of Education, the Department of Child Services and the State Board of Education with preparing a report on educational outcomes for youth in foster care.

“We have an obligation to ensure our foster kids receive the support needed to succeed in their academic careers,” DeVon said. “Students going through difficult situations need extra help to make sure they don’t slip through the cracks of our education system. This bill could result in us developing tools on how to better serve students in foster care.”

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

“Regardless of the challenges students may face, a strong education can help them succeed,” DeVon said.  

DeVon volunteers with the juvenile justice center in South Bend.  

The bill can now move to the Senate for further consideration. To learn more about House Bill 1314, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5,

                                                                                       which includes parts of St. Joseph county.                                                                                                             

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