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Interstate Agreement For Military Kids Becomes Law

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Aired 10/13/09

The children of military families in California may have an easier time navigating the public school system thanks to an interstate agreement signed into law this week.

— The children of military families in California may have an easier time navigating the public school system thanks to an interstate agreement signed into law this week.

California is the last big state to sign on to such an agreement.

The legislation helps military kids stay on track academically by waving certain academic requirements as they move from state to state.

Research shows military kids will move up to seven times before high school graduation. They often fall behind because they're placed in the wrong classes, their paperwork gets lost and graduation requirements differ.

San Diego Asssemblywoman Lori Saldana authored the bill. She says the system needs to be flexible.

“It's really unfortunate when regulations don't take into account the situations with the military,” Saldana said. “Paperwork and other things make it appear a student isn't doing well in school when, in fact, it's just their classes didn't transfer.”

Saldana herself grew up in a military family. She says roughly 60,000 kids in California stand to benefit from the new rules.

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