(Phoenix, Ariz., November 7, 2017)
Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced several initiatives aimed at supporting active military members, military families and veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day and November Military Family Month.
“Members of the military and their families sacrifice an incredible amount for our state and country,” Superintendent Douglas said. “The least we can do as a state is to assist veterans, active military members and their families in pursuing their educational goals. These education initiatives are just a small token of appreciation for those who provide an unparalleled service for all of us.”
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) will enter into a competitive grant in order to secure funding and support for the Troops to Teachers (TTT) Program. The program, which currently does not exist in Arizona, was created to assist current and former members of the armed forces to transition into second careers as teachers.
Additionally, children with Arizona residency that also have a legal guardian currently active in one of the five main branches of the military, are eligible to receive an Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) to help the access educational opportunities outside the public school system. Currently, more than 500 children who have at least one guardian on active duty in the military are participating in the program based on that eligibility.
Also, as a measure to provide support to military families, HB2107 was passed last legislative session to aid out-of-state military children uprooted to new locations and schools. The law allows military families to more easily transition into Arizona schools, requiring local educational agencies (LEAs) to accept electronic enrollment and course registration information for students whose parents are transferring or pending transfer to an Arizona military installation.
Lastly, members of the State Council on the Education for Military Children will convene on November 14 to address the challenges that military children encounter. In coordination with the Governor’s Office, the Council provides for coordination between LEAs, agencies of local government and military installations to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families.