Simon pushes for support of military family education

By Kelsey Gibbs | kgibbs@wcia.com, Alex Davis | adavis@wcia.com

Published 04/08 2014 05:59PM

Updated 05/06 2014 05:42PM

Update: 4:02 pm, 5/6/14, Tuesday
ILLINOIS -- Legislation which aims to ease the transitions of military students moving in and out of Illinois' schools was in committee Tuesday. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon testified in front of the Senate Education Committee members about the importance of student transition. The bill would extend the Illinois Education Opportunity for Military Children Act beyond its June 2015 sunset and align Illinois with national standards on the treatment of military students.
Original: 6:00 pm, 4/8/14, Tuesday
ILLINOIS -- Military families could get continued support in the state. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is pushing for legislation to continue easing transitions of students who move in and out of Illinois schools. Simon testified in a House education committee Tuesday morning. The bill she's pushing for would extend the Illinois Education Opportunity for Military Children Act past its June 2015 sunset.

That act allows for flexibility in the education of these students, allowing them to graduate on time and making sure they're not disadvantaged because of late enrollment or absences. Simon says Illinois needs to keep defense jobs in the state and continuing the act could help because it aids in accommodating military families.

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