Monday, May 11, 2009

Military Dependent School Children Law Signed

After years of hard work and consensus building, a bill to improve the education of military children in Washington has finally become law.

About a dozen military leaders, educators and parents watched as Senate Bill 5248, which was sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, was signed into law.

This is something that military families have needed and wanted for years, Hobbs said. These families move from post to post and they shouldn’t have to sacrifice so much in terms of educational opportunities. This is a good bill that will help tens of thousands of military kids in our state.

The legislation, among other things, promotes flexibility and cooperation between school districts, parents, and students in order to achieve educational success for the student; improves the placement process so that students are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, grading, and course content; and improves qualification and eligibility requirements so that students can enroll and participate in extracurricular academic, athletic, and social activities. The bill also facilitates on-time graduation.

17 states have now joined the compact.

Photo: Governor Gregoire, and some supporters of the legislation. Thursday, May 07 2009 - Steve Hobbs

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