Photo courtesy of the Office of MP Edward Braunstein
Last week, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a law to simplify school enrollment for military families, just six months after it was passed by the State Assembly and Senate.
Moved by Congressman Edward Braunstein and officially passed in May 2021, Bill A6528A allows military families moving to New York State to enroll their children in school along with their peers before they go. physically arrive in the neighborhood.
Hochul officially signed the bill on Thursday, November 11, Veterans Day. It comes into effect immediately and is part of a set of laws that support and protect veterans and their families.
“As we pay tribute to those who serve our country on Veterans Day, I am proud to see that this bill to simplify school enrollment for military families is signed into law,” said Braunstein. “This legislation will help alleviate the unique school enrollment challenges faced by military families and provide their children with the best educational experience possible while in New York State.” I thank Governor Hochul for signing this bill and Senator Skoufis for his partnership in this effort.
According to the US Department of Defense, the average child in a military family will move about six to nine times during their schooling. It is estimated that more than 185,000 military children move between schools each year, resulting in missed enrollments, requests and extracurricular enrollment periods.
“With more than 16,500 active-duty military school-aged children attending school in this state, New York is in a unique position to positively impact the educational experiences of military children and families by enacting this legislation, ”the DOD said in a memorandum in support of Braunstein’s bill.
Now that the bill has passed in New York City, it has become the 25th state to adopt a policy for military children to ensure their uninterrupted education and timely graduation.
“Our serving members and veterans have served a high calling to protect our democracy and our freedoms, and now it is our turn to support them and their families,” Hochul said. “By signing these bills today, we are taking steps to ensure that veterans and active duty military personnel have the benefits and resources they need, along with the flexibility their circumstances require, to better take care of themselves and their families. The New York veterans stood up for us and we will continue to stand by them.