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“These changes are necessary to ensure that children can move to our state with as little disruption to their education as possible.” - Senator Melinda Bush

050614CM0898RSPRINGFIELD - State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) today passed a proposal out of the Senate Education Committee that seeks to make school transfers easier on military students and their families.

The hassles of transferring schools when moving from state-to-state are a primary concern for military personnel with children. Bush’s proposal would ensure that children of active duty military personnel that move to Illinois can stay in the same grade and placement as at their previous school.

“If a military child moves to Illinois from Nebraska, where he or she was in 2nd grade, Illinois schools must also place that child in 2nd grade,” Bush said.

In 2010, Illinois joined the Interstate Compact for Military Children, now serving 46 states in the nation in an effort 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 offer some of the transitional assurances provided by other states in the Interstate Compact,” said Bush. “These changes are necessary to ensure that children can move to our state with as little disruption to their education as possible.”

In addition to guaranteed grade placement, Bush’s proposal would also expedite 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 alleviate many unfair hurdles for military children who transfer into Illinois schools.

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