State helps 'new kid in school'
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
By Steve Campbell
Times Staff Writer
New law helps ease paperwork hassles for military brats
Gov. Bob Riley signed a law Tuesday designed to help
students of military families transfer with less hassle to
The law makes Alabama the 19th state to join the Interstate
Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.
States in the organization help the students work out
differences in states' graduation requirements, school
admissions, eligibility for extracurricular activities and
other school-related issues.
In a statement, Riley noted that children of military
families sacrifice by moving frequently when their parents
"They move frequently throughout their young lives and
are always the new kid in school," he said. "We
must do everything we can to ease their transition and help
them overcome the obstacles they face."
Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler praised
the law, noting that many children in his school system are
from military families that recently moved to Madison.
Fowler cited one student last year who transferred to
Madison's Bob Jones High School from Alaska, which has
different graduation requirements than Alabama. The new law,
he said, would benefit military children who move to the
area from out of state.
In Madison County, secondary education director Sandra
Spivey also praised the law. Spivey said about 3,000
students, or 15 percent of the county's estimated
20,000 students, come from military families.
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