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“These families give up so much in order to serve in our military.  The least we can do is ensure that school transfers are as easy on their children as possible.” - Senator Melinda Bush

returning-national-guard-soldierRSPRINGFIELD - The hassles of transferring schools when moving to a different state are hard enough on a traditional family. These hassles are even harder and more frequent for military personnel who have children.

New legislation, passed out of the Illinois Senate by Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) today, would make school transfers easier for children of active duty military personnel.

Bush’s proposal ensures that military children who move to Illinois from other states remain in the same grade. If they were in 2nd grade, Illinois schools must also place them in 2nd grade.

“These families give up so much in order to serve in our military.  The least we can do is ensure that school transfers are as easy on their children as possible.”

In 2010 Illinois joined the Interstate Compact for Military Children, which now serves 46 states. The compact works to ease the burden on military students and their families, who often move to a new state every few years.

“Unfortunately, Illinois’ law does not currently measure up to the laws of other states in the Interstate Compact,” said Bush. “These changes help guarantee that children can move to our state with as little disruption to their education as possible.”

In addition to required grade placement, Bush’s proposal would also speed up the admissions process to Illinois schools by allowing parents to use unofficial records from the previous school until official records are available.

The measure also states that military students shall be awarded the opportunity to transfer into extracurricular activities, such as basketball or volleyball, if they are qualified and space is available.

Military advocates believe these small changes to the Interstate Compact language will eliminate many unfair hurdles for military children who transfer into Illinois schools.  

The legislation, House Bill 3939, passed the Senate today and will now return to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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