Johnson sponsors bill to help soldiers’ children

On April 8, 2009, in News 2009, by Mark Norris

The Leaf-Chronicle
April 8, 2009

Clarksville’s state Rep. Curtis Johnson announced Wednesday that his bill to add Tennessee to the Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children passed the House K-12 Subcommittee and will be presented to the full Education Committee next week.

The goal of the legislation, sponsored in the House as HB 1911 by Johnson, a Republican, is to provide a uniform policy to resolve challenges that military children face as they move from one school system to another, the release said.

Fourteen states are already part of the compact, which covers issues ranging from transfer of records to inclusion in extracurricular activities.

Tennessee has about 26,000 students who would be affected by this legislation.

In the Senate, the bill passed the Education Committee on Tuesday and will go to the Finance, Ways, and Means Committee next, the release said. Sen. Mark Norris of Collierville is sponsoring the Senate version of the legislation.

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