Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Governor Signs Compact Helping Military Dependents

Gov. Schwarzenegger's signature on a recent bill means frequently-moving military dependents will have an easier time when they go to a new school. California's participation in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children means that children with dads and/or moms in the Navy and Marine Corps (as well as Army and Air Force), who are frequently transferred, will have "barriers to educational success" removed. In addition, states are now "ensuring that military dependents are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records... or variations in the entrance age or requirements."

About 10 percent of San Diego Unified's students are military dependents, including almost half in the Tierrasanta area, home to Serra High, De Portola and Farb middle schools, and Hancock, Kumeyaay, Miller, Tierrasanta and Vista Grande elementary schools and child development centers. There are many other schools in the district with large military populations. For more information please contact Pam Hosmer at phosmer@sandi.net.

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