Army Spc. Aimee Willis grew up in a military family, so she knows what it’s like to pick up and move in the middle of the school year.
“I had to play a lot of catch-up growing up.” said Willis, who moved five times before she was nine years old. “You either have to love it or hate it.”
But now students from military families coming to Fort Benning won’t have to worry so much about catching up when they transfer into local schools, since Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed two pieces of legislation into law this morning.
Senate Bill 114 will help expedite the processing of records for transferring students and allow for waivers of some course pre-requisites that would delay on-time graduation. Under House Bill 484, children of active military personnel who are transferred to Georgia will automatically meet the residency requirements for the HOPE scholarships; usually, a student must live in Georgia for a year to be considered a resident.
Both laws will take affect July 1.