Cuomo, Legislature Agree On School Changes For Military Children
Children of soldiers will find it easier to move from school to school and to get their diplomas, under an agreement announced Saturday by Governor Cuomo and leaders of the state legislature.
The agreement puts into law some things that already happen routinely in some school districts, and adds other, new provisions.
The changes include:
- make a transferring child’s transcript and immunization records available as required by the new school.
- Allow school districts to adjust receiving state-specific course requirements and provide alternative means of completing required coursework in order to facilitate the child’s on-time graduation.
- Authorize students to graduate with diplomas from their sending state.
- Ensure that relocating families are not charged local tuition if the child’s military parent lives outside of the receiving school district.
- Allow custodians of military children with power of attorney to enroll a student in the absence of their military parent.
The bill will help an estimated 12,000 students in New York's schools, including thousands who attend school districts near Fort Drum.
"This package honors the ultimate sacrifice of those who give their lives in the service of our country," Cuomo said in a statement.
"I applaud the leaders of the Senate and Assembly for agreeing on this bill, which will further ensure that our Veterans, servicemembers and their families are supported and recognized each and every day.”
The agreement between Cuomo, the state assembly and senate also addresses other issues that affect veterans, including:
- allowing veterans who attend a community college, college, or university within the SUNY or CUNY systems under the federal GI bills to qualify for the in-state tuition rate.
- allowing the family of service members from New York who were wounded in combat but died from their wounds outside the combat zone to qualify for the supplemental burial allowance. The bill also makes a nonresident eligible for the burial allowance if the deceased was a member of the New York Army or Air National Guard at the time he or she entered federal active duty status. This allowance offsets the family’s burial and funeral costs not covered by the federal government.
- allowing the spouse, domestic partner, or other member of the household of a service member to practice as a real estate broker or a real estate salesperson or obtain a barber or esthetics, cosmetology, natural hair styling and nail specialty license, if he or she has been licensed in another state and relocated to New York with the service member.