Kent State University’s Undergraduate Student Government has done a lot in the past year, but with the purposed bill “Erin’s Law” there may be more in store to change curriculum for students. TV2’s Kim Anderson has the story.
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Currently a bill, Erin’s Law is a law that would require teachers to educate their students in an age appropriate manner about sexual assault and abuse and provide students in grades pre kindergarten to graduation with awareness and preventative information.
Director of Governmental Affairs, Joseph Bizjak was first informed of the bill while on a trip to Columbus to speak with representatives from Ohio’s house, and since then he has worked with Erin’s Law showing constant support for it. He said that by working with teachers and children that hopefully they can “decrease the child sexual assault rate in the state.”
“What we’re doing is we’re empowering these kids, as well as empowering our teachers and our future teachers here at Kent State to address this issue with our children.”
The decisions that are being made in the House of Representatives and in our own Undergraduate Student Government will not just impact current educators but also educators in the future, like those who are currently in Kent State’s very own teaching program.
Chelsea Clements is the Senator for the College of Education, Health and Human Services. As an Early Childhood Education major who will soon be teaching, she is aware that this law if passed will change the way children are taught. She said that “If [children] were given the resources and tools and the knowledge to be able to express what is happening to them” she thinks it would be a great thing.
Ohio is one out of 25 states in the process of passing Erin’s Law, and is set to be introduced in 2013-2014.