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Commentary: Texas lawmakers aims to ease military childrens' education path

This editorial appeared in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

War often can be hardest on the warfighters' children.

The family of an active-duty soldier, sailor, airman or Marine can move from one base to another – in the states or overseas – as often as every two years.

Educational continuity is a foreign concept for a student who attends six to nine different schools in 18 years. Yet almost 2 million military children in this country pay the price of interrupted studies and delayed graduations because of a parent's noble decision to serve in our all-volunteer armed forces.

Make that parents' decision. The Army in particular is seeing more and more cases where both parents are soldiers.

State Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, doesn't think it's fair that the children of the nation's military should be unduly burdened by a situation out of their control. That's why he's introduced House Bill 503, designed to remove hurdles that slow the enrollment process for transferring students and can keep them from graduating on time.

"These kids are being held up by Texas law that truly shouldn't affect them," Geren said Tuesday from Austin.

To read the complete editorial, visit The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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