Submitted by Washington House Democrats.
Many military families face delays enrolling their children into school when transferring to a new base. School districts require proof of residency before a student may start classes, and often families are unable to get required documents for several days adding an unnecessary burden to an already stressful process. Rep. Christine Kilduff, D-University Place, introduced legislation, passed by unanimous vote in the House Monday, to establish an advance school enrollment process.
HB 1210 allows school districts to accept applications for enrollment, on a conditional basis, from children of military families when transferring or pending transfer to a military installation.
“Servicemembers and their loved ones make sacrifices every day in order to serve our country. Allowing military children to enroll in school before arriving in their new community means they can continue learning without interruption and connect quickly with their peers and teachers in their new school, providing families peace of mind. I am proud the House took this step today,” said Kilduff.
HB 1210 moves to the Senate for consideration.