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Education committee approves measure helping military kids

Posted by: Abby Simons under Minnesota legislature Updated: March 6, 2014 - 5:36 PM

A measure to make the transition between schools easier for military children cleared the Minnesota House Education Policy committee Thursday morning.

The panel unanimously approved the recommendation that Minnesota join the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The compact has been adopted by 46 other states, and, with an average of six to nine family moves during the average military career, helps schoolchildren adjust by ensuring credit for classes taken transfers from state to state, and facilitates opportunities for military kids to try out for sports teams or other squads even if the season has already started.

On Thursday evening the committee will reconvene to discuss bills that would direct the state’s licensing board grant expedited licensing for military members and their families, and a measure that would allow high school students with disabilities to transfer between schools without affecting their eligibility for athletic competition or other activities.

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