• Thu. May 19th, 2022

Bill that helps children of support staff move forward

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — A measure that would allow children of school support staff to change districts has been approved by an Oklahoma Senate committee.

On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 1112, which would allow the children of school support workers to transfer to their parents’ employing district.

Sen. Dewayne Pemberton, R-Muskogee, said the bill was requested by the Oklahoma Cooperative Council for School Administration and school principals.

“Our public schools rely heavily on their support staff, who are usually the first to work and the last to leave. Our schools could not function without these hard-working professionals, but just like teachers, they struggle to keep these positions filled,” Pemberton said. “Because different districts and schools have varying hours, my bill would allow the children of support staff to be transferred to their parent’s employing district, making it easier for them to bring their child to school. school on time and get to work. . It’s a common-sense measure to make life a little easier for support staff.

Under current law, children of teachers can be transferred to their parents’ district of employment. However, SB 112 would allow the same for families of school support staff.

School support staff include secretaries, office assistants, janitors, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and others who help with the day-to-day functions of schools.

The measure will now pass before the entire Senate.