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(TRENTON) — A new law sponsored by Assembly members Jack Conners, Joan Quigley and Cleopatra Tucker will help educate children of military families who frequently move.

The law (A-2640 from the 2008-09 legislative session) permits New Jersey to enter into the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, which aims to eradicate disadvantages encountered by military children because of frequent interstate moves.

“This law facilitates the timely enrollment of children of military families in a new school and development of a placement process that does not disadvantage the child and their ability to graduate high school on time,” said Conners (D-Burlington/Camden). “It’s the right thing to do for the children of families dedicated to serving our country.”

“This is a cost-effective way of helping military children achieve their best,” said Quigley (D-Hudson). “We owe so much to our military families, and helping ensure their children are ready and able to succeed in school is the least we can do.”

“Too often the children of military families get swept up in frequent moves and end up struggling to adjust and attain that always important education,” said Tucker (D-Essex). “We can do more to help, and this is a step in the right direction toward ensuring these children are positioned to succeed.”

The compact is being developed by the Council on State Governments in cooperation with the United State Department of Defense.

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