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Simon Backs Bill Supporting Children of Military Families

Updated: Wednesday, May 7 2014, 03:52 PM CDT
ILLINOIS -- There are at least 10,000 students who have at least one parent actively serving military duty in Illinois. Many of them have to transfer schools several times. New legislation aims to ease those transitions.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is backing the extension of the Illinois Education Opportunity for Military Children Act, which is set to expire in June 2015.

The act ensures children of military families can stay in the grade they were in when they transferred, can access all the courses they want to take, including advanced placement and honors courses, and can join extracurricular activities like sports and drama club.

"It's critically important right now, while our federal government is considering cutting back its military forces, we want to make sure that the federal government knows that Illinois treats its military families well, that dollars spent here are a good investment, and should continue to keep coming here," Simon said.

Simon said the bill has the support of all of the state's school districts. She says the legislation will help keep children of military families who come to Illinois on a level playing field with the rest of the nation. Simon Backs Bill Supporting Children of Military Families

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