Bill helps troubled kids in state care

The Senate Education Committee approved the Education Compact for Kids in State Care.  Sen. Ron Sharp, author of Senate Bill 632, said it will remove the barriers that many young people and their families experience when it is time to transition back to their home school after placement within the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) or the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS).

“It’s important to the mental growth and emotional well-being of these kids that we do what we can to facilitate an easy transition to school.  Many don’t have structured lives and supportive families like most of us had growing up,” said Sharp, R-Shawnee.

Sharp explained that much of the bill mirrors the Military Compact, which helps kids dealing with multiple deployments transition to different schools quickly and efficiently.  The measure also meets guidelines for the Oklahoma State Foster Care Plan or ESSA.