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Rep. Miranda testifies on two bipartisan education bills

September 28, 2021
Jessica E. Miranda News

COLUMBUS– State Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) testified Tuesday on House Bill (HB) 353, the Testing Your Faith Act, to guarantee students of higher education have absences for religious obligations, and HB 333, legislation to provide a job description for school counselors. 

“The Testing Your Faith Act is a simple bill that ensures students of all faiths are offered reasonable academic accommodations for religious obligations,” said Rep. Miranda of HB 353. “We understand that many higher education institutions are already accommodating, but this legislation takes the next step to protect all students from being penalized for practicing their religion.”

“As a former school board president, I have great appreciation for the role school counselors play in the education of our students,” said Rep. Miranda of HB 333. “This legislation, which passed the House with broad support last year, will help our schools utilize the full talent and capabilities that counselors can provide.”

HB 353 is joint-sponsored with Rep. Gary Click (R-Vickery) and was heard in the House Higher Education and Career Readiness Committee. HB 333 is joint-sponsored by Rep. Andrea White (R-Kettering) and was heard in the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee. Both bills await further consideration in their respective committees.